Attracting women to tech roles + I was bribed + an HR rooftop breakfast

June 21, 2018 By Tarek Pertew


I hope everyone has had a really nice June so far. Don’t blink, because we’ll be in the back half of summer shortly!

Speaking of time flying, during my upcoming trip to Nashvegas (Nashville) to see my father, I plan on visiting my childhood home in Bristol, Tennessee. Ever since my daughter was born, I’ve had this itch to return to the countryside where I played as a child. Luckily a town like Bristol doesn’t change at the speed of New York City. So I expect to find many a building and ball-field mostly unchanged.

Anyone on this list familiar with Bristol?

Read: Speaking of the south, I just started reading The Warmth of Other Suns. An incredible book depicting the Great Migration of black citizens out of the south. Everyone should read this book.

A bad week for ethics: Last week I was on the receiving end of an email campaign soliciting my business with bribery, lies, and GIFs (Bribery, Lies & GIFs would be a great book title).

It begins with a question asking if I received a rather expensive gift before sharing with me their value proposition. Considering I’ve never met this person or worked with their company, this is an outright use of bribery (if they did send a gift) or lies (if they didn’t). After a few follow-ups using GIFS of dogs and toddlers to get my attention, I replied with an honest assessment of the situation. I’ll share the full email chain shortly (without using names).

Here’s the start of it:

As HR and talent professionals, I know you are riddled with sales emails. Have you been on the receiving end of a similar campaign? If so, speak up. We need to rid the tech world of this behavior.

Next week’s rooftop HR Breakfast: We are very excited to be leading a conversation on recruiting as a marketing function on the rooftop of Peloton. We’ll hear from marketing leaders at companies like Verizon, as well as our very own Guy Cimbalo, who has spent the better part of 6 years learning what stories make companies successful. We are down to our last spots. RSVP here.

Read: Tips on how to attract female developers. I found this to be a nice article that shares advice from a variety of talent professionals.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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