Empowering Female Technologists at Grace Hopper

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At Yext, we recognize that fostering both a diverse and inclusive workplace is fundamental to long-term success, which is why we invest in empowering our female employees across the organization.

In step with this mission, we recently sponsored the AnitaB.org’s Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing conference (GHC) to celebrate our amazing female engineers, recruit for new engineering positions, and mingle with women at the forefront of technology. With more than 18,000 individuals in attendance, GHC is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

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Yext is a proud sponsor of this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.

We kicked off the week of events with a dinner, where we welcomed both Yext staff and a group of female engineers who received Yext scholarships to attend the Celebration. This scholarship is designed to support extraordinary rising college juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students, who are preparing for a career in the technology sector. It was a light-hearted and fun night spent discussing tips for getting the most out of GHC.

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We sponsored  female technologists from colleges and universities such as MIT, Rice University, and Princeton University to attend GHC.

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Members of the Yext staff at the welcome dinner.

Day one of GHC kicked off with a keynote, featuring powerful women who are challenging the status quo in tech. Our team heard from Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Diane Greene of Google Cloud, and Dr. Sue Black OBE, Founder and CEO of #techmums — among many others.

Students and staff alike also attended workshops and talks featuring topics such as underrepresented women in computing, exploring computing careers for social good, how to think like a software engineer, how to turn data science into dollars, and much more.

Members of our recruiting team spent the majority of their time at the GHC Career Fair, where they spoke with prospective candidates, and recruited for software engineering and visual website designing opportunities. Members of our employee resource group, EMPOWER, were also on hand to discuss how the group helps to recruit, inspire, and advance women at Yext. EMPOWER also fosters the advancement and personal/professional development of women, as well as advocates for support systems across the organization to improve policies specific to women’s needs such as maternity leave, child care, women’s health, and more.

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Staff members spoke with more than 1,000 individuals during GHC.

Lastly, Yext was named to AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists List. This list exists for women to find organizations where they can thrive, and for organizations to measure and improve their ability to retain, advance, and hire women in technical roles. Each company on the list receives a score based on seven metrics, including representation of women at the entry, mid, senior, and executive levels, as well as recruitment, retention, and advancement rates.

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