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GDG Cloud Manila celebrates women’s achievements, shares their empowering messages 

by RepublicAsia

(Press release)- The Google Philippines Office recently hosted Google Developer Group Cloud Manila’s first-ever International Women’s Day event that aimed to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against gender bias, and empower women to take risks and be brave.

The event was co-presented by Kollab and sponsored by Tan N’ Tac, and had the theme “Dare To Be” – a message both timely and relevant in today’s society.

International Women’s Day is Women Techmakers’ largest annual event campaign, where ambassadors host events worldwide to celebrate women’s contributions and provide opportunities for women to grow and advance in the tech industry. In 2023, Women Techmakers Ambassadors hosted events in March and April under the theme “Dare To Be,” which encouraged women to break boundaries, challenge norms, and dream big. The event in Google Philippines was one of those events that helped spread this message.

Inspiring women

The event featured a diverse range of speakers, including women from the tech industry, business development professionals, and young female entrepreneurs, all of whom shared their expertise on a variety of topics related to personal development and being a woman in tech.

Caitlin Morrissey, who joined the attendees all the way from California through a recorded video, gave the opening remarks. Morrisey is the the global lead of the Women Techmakers Ambassador program at Google and she inspired the attendees with her words of encouragement.

Other speakers included Therese Bayabo and Margarette Lirio, CCO and CCO of Mirror Studios Inc., who shared their struggle of achieving dreams while being young and female in the current age. Jastine Dela Paz, a UI/UX Designer at DXC Technology and Women Techmakers ambassador at Google Developer Group Manila, shared her story on navigating a tech role that didn’t exist yet. Celina Del Mundo, enterprise account manager of Kollab, spoke about connecting business to digital solutions.

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Jazmine Calma, QA Engineer at Kollab and co-lead and Women Techmakers ambassador at GDG Cloud Manila, shared her learning journey in Google Cloud. Charisse Soriano, service delivery manager at Kollab, talked about her career change and her love for project management. Zelle Cuevas-canuel focused on current AI trends, their impact on developer skills, and the importance of learning in an ever-changing tech landscape.

The event ended with insightful closing remarks by Janise Tan, co-lead and founder of the Women Developer Academy and Regional Lead of the Developer Relations Ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Her remarks provided a fitting end to an event that revolved around personal development and the experiences of being a woman in the tech industry.

Events like this are crucial in empowering women and minorities in the tech industry. It provides a platform to share experiences, network, and learn from industry leaders.

The event not only celebrated the achievements of women but also highlighted the challenges and biases they face. By sharing their stories and expertise, the speakers inspired attendees to Dare To Be and pursue their dreams despite the obstacles. 

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