I am proud to be the photographer for my company Yahoo with the organization Women In Tech in recent conference for Career Advice from Yahoo Top Women Leaders. It was one of the best events that I have attended in Yahoo. Bravos to all of my female co-workers in Yahoo especially the wonderful staff members working behind the fine organization in Yahoo Women In Tech promoting career for women in the Tech industry.
They have the best T-shirt design that I have seen. It is all black and the wonderful logo that goes with "Code like a girl." And I got the t-shirt for my sweetie and I couldn't wait until the next model shoot with my wife on the WIT special T-shirt. The group actually hand out t-shirts for early attendants. How cool is that! Guys always show up 10 minutes late with a burritos and chips in their mouth. It was a well organized event from promotion to the final communication between the speakers and the audience. It was one of those events that you knew it was a big success when the audience couldn't stop asking questions from the guest speakers. The Yahoo Top Women Leaders included the CEO and two other executives.
The classroom 4 and 5 were full house in the event. And only my fisheye lens in Pentax DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 could have a complete view not losing the complete view of the audience.
Before the start of the event, I took my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 for the entrance shooting with my flash in bounced angle working with Spectra Light Flash diffuser bouncing off from ceiling for the natural looking ambient light with the flash to lift up the shadows.
Once the interview started, I had to shoot with just ambient light without flash. I initially chose the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 but later changed with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 for the longer reach that I could shoot in the side line.
And the DA* zoom does it beautifully in the event when I needed the extra reach to show the very engaged audience and commentator.
And the WIT committee did indeed pick the best commentator in the event with the best CTO that Yahoo has been fortunate to have hired. I took a not so good shot of Ari and I had to
to turn it to black and white to enhance the shot that had been hampered with motion blur.
Overall, it was a well organized event and we could gauge the success from the great feedback from audience requesting repetition of similar event towards the end. When I went to the meeting, I thought of my best two friends in college, Bing and Jenny, who are excellent engineers and who have excelled in their career paths to engineer lead and investment manager. And I couldn't help in thinking of my geeky niece Tati whom I admire for her super talent in building her own website in junior high school year. I am yet to call her Mom and see if I can steer her decision for business major in Accounting to some other alternatives related to technology and science. I wish I had a say and input for her career path as she is now in her junior year in Business School and she is quite talented for a science and engineering major.
And my niece Tati loves photography, animals, and many geeky interests that she is my perfect geeky niece to wear that "Code like a Girl" t-shirt. I am going to ask for another T-shirt from my good friends in Women in Tech group. I can't wait for their next event.