The year of 2020 is all about jumping out of the comfort zone and embracing the new norm. The whole world had to react, adapt and respond fast.
今年6月18日，Ladies Who Tech 支持了由摩根士丹利中国信息技术部主办的第五届IT职场女性论坛。这也是此论坛第一次转为线上直播。
On June 18, Ladies Who Tech supported the launch of Morgan Stanley Women in Technology Career Webinar 5.0. This was the first time it’s held online via livestreaming.
When Fintech companies compete for tech talents, especially experienced women tech talents, they have to appeal in the way of "breaking the stereotype". How do financial services firms become more attractive in tech company's competition of female tech talent when there is no face-to-face engagement?
Morgan Stanley did make it. The webinar attracted participants, regardless of gender, from not only financial but also other industries, to hear stories of personal and career journeys from both women technologist role models and their allies.
Sean Yang, Head of Shanghai Technology at Morgan Stanley, kicked off the webinar by emphasizing that "commit to diversity and inclusion" is one of the core values to Morgan Stanley, and gender diversity has always been an important consideration on local management agenda. As an ally and a leader, he exemplifies the company's commitment by welcoming and encouraging more women technologists to join his team.
Mostafa Afifi, Chief Administrative Officer of Shanghai Technology at Morgan Stanley, shared his personal stories on how to support the important women in his life to overcome the challenges that they went through. For him, empowering women both in life and at workplace is unquestionably a natural thing that benefits the whole community.
Yang Xu, VP at Morgan Stanley Shanghai Technology and Senior Scala Developer, did some sharing about a Kaizen project that she leads, as well as how she collaborates with Morgan Stanley’s 150 developers all over the world. She has seen how gender diversity has been improving from when she first joined as the only woman in the team to nowadays when 35% of her tech colleagues are women. Yang, also an avid short-to-mid marathon runner, was given numerous opportunities to run representing the company, and earned outstanding achievements together with other runners. Her story leaves us with the inspiration that we should never limit our imagination by our gender identity.
Many of you might have already "met" Yiyan Liu at our recent visit to the Morgan Stanley Office via our VLog. During the webinar, she shared more about why she enjoys working at Morgan Stanley. She highlights that it is because the company really cares about diversity. She adds that she is able to speak up on what she thinks and have the support from her management. Not only does she have the chance to work on interesting projects, but she also has time to spend with family and not miss out any important holidays. Yiyan also believes that if you have the passion for tech, you will make things happen anywhere. One good example she shared on this is that she has recruited someone who studied history and modern art but is now working as a software engineer.
If you missed the webinar, it's not the end. The story continues. If you think this is the platform for you, then we encourage you to apply for career opportunities at Morgan Stanley or refer your friends to do so!