May Meeting Preview: Overcoming Gender Bias, Career Fair

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The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women has announced its speaker lineup for its May meeting. Karen Griego, senior product marketing manager for Amazon, will give a presentation on Gender Bias Patterns and How they Affect Our Careers.  Following the presentation, the ICSEW will be hosting its first ever career fair.

The meeting takes place from 8 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. Meetings are free and anyone may attend, regardless of gender or employment status. The meeting includes a catered, networking-style lunch, so all attendees must register though Event Brite.

Presentation Preview: Gender Bias patterns and How They affect Our Careers

Women still face adversity in the professional world. Often times, leaning in hasn’t been enough to overcome unconscious gender bias. Karen Griego will discuss four patterns of gender biases and how to navigate the ways these patterns affect our careers. She will also discuss and provide tool kits with tips on:

  • Searching for new roles
  • Writing a winning resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Building your network.
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Karen Griego

About the Presenter:  Karen Griego is a senior product marketing manager for emerging devices at Amazon. Having worked in the tech industry throughout her career, she is no stranger to being the only woman in the room. Because of this, she is an Amazon “Bar Raiser” (an evaluator of potential candidates across the company) with goals to have more women on interview loops and to increase gender diversity.

Griego has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master’s in Business Administration from Graziado School of Business. Some of Griego’s past positions include: senior global consumer marketing manager for Amazon Alexa, senior Americas marketing manager for Google Apps, and marketing manager for Amazon Consumer Electronics. Griego lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle with her partner and two rescue dogs.

About the Career Fair:

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Human resources experts from state agencies and private companies will be present to provide group and individualized career planning guidance. Activities include mock interview panels, resume critiques, tips on creating LinkedIn Profiles, and more.

  • Bring several copies of your resume and receive feedback by HR staff.
  • Be prepared to have your professional headshot taken for your LinkedIn and other Social Media profiles.
  • Dress as if you were going to an interview.
  • Come ready to participate in mock interviews with HR representatives.
  • Interact with HR representatives for insight into job postings and the application process.

Note: There will be a sign-up sheet for one-on-one sessions with Karen Griego during the career fair.

Meeting Information:

Time: 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 21

Location: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Cost: Free

Note: This meeting includes a catered, networking-style lunch, so all attendees must register through Event Brite

Parking: The Department of Labor and Industries has a limited amount of visitor parking. There is some street parking along 73rd Avenue. An overflow parking lot is located behind Mountain View Church of the Nazarine, (on the freeway side) 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater. Public transportation and carpooling are highly encouraged.

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