PSL senior software developer, Ximena Echeverri, joined us for a chat about the evolution of PSL's Software Girls into Women in Tech and what she likes most about working with PSL. She's got some great advice for anyone thinking about working at one of Colombia's premier software development outsourcing companies.
Being part of the PSL community is an adventure in constant learning, solving complex tech challenges, taking part in different community engagement programs, and so much more. We like to say we are inspired by people and driven by values. Those values are a key component of everything we do, especially how we define the impact every person can have at PSL and on the broader community. At PSL, there are a variety of ways for people to contribute and create meaningful impact, and we love showcasing individuals that are an integral part of those programs.
Community Development Programs and the Power of Constantly Learning
In this next video of our employee interview series, we talk with Ximena Echeverri, Senior Developer at PSL. Ximena was instrumental in starting Software Girls, a PSL initiative started to reach girls at all ages and encourage them to enter STEM careers, through partnerships with a variety of local organizations. The program has since evolved into Women in Tech, incorporating different activities and initiatives at PSL and with the community, with a focus on inclusion and diversity.
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The Evolution of PSL Software Girls to Women in Tech
One of PSL's founding values is to always positively contribute to our employees, partners, clients, and the communities in which we are engaged and working. While we strive for the company to succeed as a business venture, our work will always be conducted with the clear purpose of making a difference by contributing to the communities where we operate, our employees, our clients, and our partners. We have a variety of corporate social responsibility programs focused on achieving those goals.
PSL's Women in Tech program is the most recent evolution of PSL's Software Girls. The idea is to bring together a community of professionals committed to creating an inclusive environment from which to drive the discourse and implement solutions for gender equality in tech. We want to create a world where women play a larger role in technology, positively impacting the world in profound and tangible ways.
Most recently, the group partnered with international and local organizations, like EAFIT University, Medellin CSS; and Avanet to host Codebreakers, a hackathon with the goal of breaking the world record for the most number of girls coding in multiple locations around the world, and introduce high school girls to web development in a fun and accessible way. Medellin CSS's leader, Estefania guided the girls through the workshop to provide the technical concepts to create a site in HTML and CSS, which they then used to build their own websites on various topics ranging from animals, sports, food, fashion and more.
In the future, WIT at PSL will focus on community development, PSL recruiting, career support and development, advancing the discussion around gender parity, and increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups in PSL events.
Interviewer: Today we are going to sit down with Ximena. How do you like working at PSL Ximena?
Ximena Echeverri: Working here is great. PSL is a wonderful company, they worry about our happiness at work and they are always teaching us new things.
Interviewer: I'd love to talk about Women in Tech.
Ximena Echeverri: We have had, for 2 years, a small group called Software Girls. Right now, that's undergoing a change, and is no longer Software Girls. Right now, it's Women in Tech. We are working on the initiative to be available to everyone at PSL, not just women, but to involve the men as well.
Interviewer: That's great, so it's very inclusive. And, so, do you have community programs that you do with Women in Tech?
Ximena Echeverri: Yes, we are partnered with several community women and programs, like Codies, that and several women's programs with the same purpose.
Interviewer: What would you say to someone considering working at PSL?
Ximena Echeverri: Come here! We would be glad to have you here at PSL. You're going to learn a lot and you are going to be with great people.
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