Once a month, Cogo hosts a “Women’s Dinner” in order to foster an environment where all its female employees can come together to connect about work, tech, and just life in general. We’ve had many delicious dinners at popular Cambridge restaurants – along with other activities such as kayaking on the Charles River, creating floral arrangements with the founder of woman-owned business Alice’s Table, an in-office Paint Nite, and volunteering for Rosie’s Place.
What do we talk about? The conversations are varied, much like our individual interests and perspectives, so the topics easily flow from projects at work, to cool new fitness classes in the area, to interesting documentaries on Netflix, politics, and much, much more.
This time is important to us because in the predominantly male world of tech, it’s crucial for women to feel as though we have a voice, both alone and together. It’s reassuring to be able to hear how other women in the company address issues within their teams. It’s empowering to be able to hear how those same women celebrate their successes.
The women of Cogo Labs have varied roles cross-departmentally--we're account managers, data analysts, engineers, designers, team leaders, executives and more--so we aren’t all necessarily working together on a daily basis. The Women’s Dinner is a safe and fun environment for us to bond, support each other, and bounce around innovative new ideas for future projects on our teams.
What is the big picture here? According to a new study released by the journal Science, many children believe that brilliance and intelligence are male qualities. This stereotype alters children’s interests and in turn, limits the types of careers they would consider later in life. The study specifically addresses the societal stereotype that men are better than women in math and science, and how that stereotype actually diminishes women’s interest in those fields. It’s problematic when girls as young as five or six already believe that they are not smart enough to pursue careers in math and science. We want to work toward eliminating the idea that certain careers are gender specific in any way. We also want to celebrate each other as intelligent women, and some of that starts with us coming together on a regular basis to support and encourage each other. The monthly Cogo Women’s Dinner continues to be an effective way to create and foster a culture of female empowerment.
We build programs, we solve problems, we utilize complex systems, we analyze data, and we write code. We are as innovative, skillful, analytical, and technically-minded as our male counterparts. We are proud to be working in the tech space, dispelling any existing stereotypes about female success in STEM field careers. These monthly Women’s Dinners are just the beginning--we look forward to welcoming even more women into our family, and continuing to discuss future activities that will benefit our women, our office culture, and the tech community at large.
We're growing and always looking for smart, technical, entrepreneurial women to be part of our culture! Get in touch if you're interested.