Saloni Shah

Recruiting for "diversity"

How to recruit "without bias" to build successful teams


I've interviewed for multiple positions throughout my career, I've interviewed others for software engineer positions. I've also interviewed candidates for leadership positions - in profit & non-profit organizations. These are my ideas on recruiting (specifically in tech - but some of these could apply to non-tech . . .

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June 13, 2017

Advice for organizations lacking diversity

A 4-step plan to tackle one of tech industry's biggest problems

I was recently asked if I had any advice for organizations that lack diversity. Here's my response.


Here’s a 4-step plan for companies lacking diversity:

  1. Realize that lack of diversity is a problem that needs to be solved fast.
  2. Start measuring and publishing these numbers (at least internally). The . . .

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March 19, 2017

Own It

The power of women at work

Last weekend, I finally got my hand on the new book Own It by Sallie Krawcheck. It was a great read. Her approach of stating facts - backed up data, real data, appealed to me. Some of the data she reports is mindboggling. And I couldn't help tweeting about it. Of course, Sallie's easy, conversational style of writing and wry humor had me . . .

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Posted in: women_in_tech

March 11, 2017

Why you shouldn't wish me a Happy Women's Day

I am not one for rants. But this is probably going to be one. Because all day long people have wished me a Happy Women’s Day. And every single time someone has wished me, I have cringed inside. I have had this feeling in the pit of my stomach that won’t go away.
Women’s day was originally put in place to . . .

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March 08, 2017

ACT-W Conference 2016: The story

A conference to advance careers of technical women

The last 3 days have been so awesome. I am a part of the ChickTech Chicago leadership team - and we just organized our first annual ACT-W Chicago Conference (Oct 13-15 2016). The ACT-W conference is for advancing the careers of technical women and is organized by ChickTech chapters around the country. All profits from the . . .

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Posted in: women_in_tech

October 15, 2016

Write/Speak/Code 2016

A 4-day journey of discovery

Write/Speak/Code 2016 was a four day conference to empower women software engineers to become thought leaders, conference speakers, and open source contributors. I attended the conference last year as well - and I learnt so much from it. Check out my previous blog post about it. 
This year, I attended as an . . .

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Posted in: women_in_tech

June 27, 2016

Help! I have an identity crisis!

A look at various mechanisms of Single Sign On


My slides for my talk on single sign on and identity federation!

Conference: Chicago Coder Conference, June 2016.


Software acquisitions, partnerships, or integrations are fairly common place in the software industry. Enterprises often find themselves in situations where they have multiple systems, each . . .

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Posted in: conference_talks

June 08, 2016