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Charlotte technology forum aims to mentor young women
Mamizi showcase July 28
 
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 4:17 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | ASHLEY MAHONEY
Mamizi speakers Stacy Cassio (from left), Naomi Thomas and Raven Solomon.

Technology platforms can foster communities.


Mamizi is a millennial women’s conference that will bring together over 300 participants at the Tryon Park Hotel in Uptown on July 28 at 9 a.m. Attendees can engage in workshops, speaker engagements, panels covering technology, entrepreneurship and media.


“To my core, I am an inspiration speaker,” said conference speaker Raven Solomon, founder of The Center for Next Generation Leadership and Professional Development.
“I’m always going to provide some sort of inspiration, but beyond being moved and motivated, I really want people to walk away with tactical, practical things they could do to become entrepreneurs, and to do it successfully. I’ll be using my story to kind of inspire people to take that leap off the cliff, if you will, but at the same time, I want to walk them through step by step what has worked for me, what hasn’t worked for me, and provide them some type of a road map to success as an entrepreneur.”


Mamizi consists of three core components: media, small business/entrepreneurship and technology. Focal points include FinTech for the technology component, digital content in media, and choices versus options in entrepreneurship.


Technology remains a male-dominated work environment, which can lead to adversity for women, particularly women of color. Conference speaker Naomi Thomas of Charlotte Consulting Group and founder of The Stem Station has experienced such situations.


“A lot of my advocacy for women in tech has centered around the issues,” she said. “Only 22 percent of people in STEM fields right now are women. We have to think creatively to foster the conversation around getting more women in nontraditional fields, being able to understand the issues that are going on right now, and figuring out solutions to those problems. You have to have a mentality to look past the barriers, try to predict what you want your future to look like, and then create solutions that would piece the puzzles together.”


Mentorship is another key point of focus at the conference, which speaker Stacy Cassio, founder and CEO of the Pink Mentor Group, will address.


“Mentorship is such a strong forces for women in building your careers,” she said. “It might be an informal mentor, or something more formal, but it’s all about the women in your life who influence you. It’s taking what you love about them, and making it something that fits your style and your leadership. It’s a lot of practice. You have to keep gathering mentoring influences throughout your life, and keep playing them in different applications. It’s a lot of exposing yourself to different women, and learning and studying what they’re doing well, and how that might fit your style.”

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