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Women in Tech: Kaylyn Gibilterra from Women Who Code DC
The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group's mission, culture and events. The goal is to help women and minorities navigate the local tech scene to find a group that best fits their needs.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Why It's So Difficult For Minority Women To Find Mentors
At 26, Natalie Madeira Cofield was living in Washington, D.C. and running her own consulting firm, which included high-profile clients such as Citibank, the University of Rochester, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the United Negro College Fund. While Cofield was already well on her way down a successful professional path, she knew she wanted mentors to help her navigate the way. She quickly found that while the men were more than willing, the women-especially black women- weren't even responding to her emails. decided the only way to fix her problem was to launch an organization, and that was the beginning of Walker's Legacy, a global business women platform. Formed in 2009, the organization was named after Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in American history.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Microsoft quietly makes good on promise to reveal diversity stats, posts Equal Employment data
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did make good on his promise to release more diversity statistics before the New Year. Even if no one noticed. Nadella made headlines at Microsoft's shareholders meeting on Dec. 3 when he publicly promised Rev. Jesse Jackson, who attended the meeting, that he would release the company's federal Equal Employment Opportunity form, or EEO-1, by the end of the month. The company released percentages earlier this year showing women made up 29 percent of the company's workforce, but civil rights activists have pushed companies to release the federal form, which contains more information.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Where are all the female computing students?
Recent figures show that only 5,604 female students are currently enrolled in university computing courses, compared to 24,908 male students. In other words, for every one woman study computing, there are just over five men: the lowest proportion of female computing students in recent years. With so few girls graduating with these vital technical skills, the UK economy is missing a number of opportunities for growth, innovation and success. These figures seem to fly in the face of increased efforts to encourage girls into computing, from the recent Hour of Code and the Your Life programme, to computing clubs for girls and the new school programming curriculum. So why aren’t existing programmes to encourage girls to participate in STEM working?
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Dismal diversity record in Silicon Valley
Rainbow PUSH successfully challenged companies to release their workforce diversity data. The racial and gender composition in their boardrooms, C-suites and workforce has been researched. The data is undeniable, and underscores the systemic under-representation of Blacks, Latinos, and women in the industry, claimed Rev. Jackson at a technology forum at Intel Corporation. Most companies have between zero and 3 percent Blacks in their tech workforce; virtually the same for their non-tech workforce. Of the 20 companies they researched, there were only three African Americans out of 189 total [on the] board directors; just one Latino, one hundred and fifty-three men and just 36 women. Eleven (over half) have all-White boards. Of 307 top C-suite leaders, there are just six African Americans and three Latinos. Two hundred and forty-four men and just 65 women. Seven of the 20 companies have all-White leadership.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
The good, bad and geeky: 55 quotes that defined the tech industry in 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of Super Bowl victories and ridesharing disputes, an age of foolish statements about women in tech and rocket explosions. Welcome to GeekWire’s 2014 Year in Review - compiled through the top quotes of the year. As you’ll see below, it was quite a year in technology. Enjoy, and thanks for reading GeekWire.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Nancy Zurbuchen: Gender gap in the technology industry needs closing
The recent gender gaffe by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella illustrates the blind spots within an organization that can subtly undermine inclusion of women. When speaking at a women-in-computing conference this fall, he indicated that women don’t need to ask for pay raises; instead they should trust the system to pay them what they are worth. In reacting to instant criticism, he said he was repeating what he has been told early in his career and had no idea it would be bad advice for women.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Competence mismatch and Gender imbalance still a problem across ICT profession
The recently released CEPIS study highlights strong competence mismatches amongst ICT professionals and reiterates the gender imbalance.The average European ICT professional is 42 years old and across Europe, only 15% of ICT professionals are women and ICT Trainer, Project Manager is the priority position.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
This workshop gives women individual strategies for navigating workplaces that are shaped by implicit bias. Drawing on 35 years of experimental social psychology studies, it boils them down into four patterns. What Works for Women teaches us to recognize the patterns and also offers them very concrete strategies for how to navigate these patterns successfully. Individual Strategies are not solutions, however, knowing how to identify gender bias and understanding how to overcome this bias is key to a woman’s success. The webinar will give you with a deeper understanding of: workplace practices that suggest bias that will impact career success, frameworks to examine workplace pattern prior to acting on them and information how to use an understanding of implicit bias to reduce frustration and increase career success.
Posted on 26 Dec 2014
The IT Factor: Making Tech Jobs Female-Friendly
Although women haven’t traditionally had a significant presence in the information technology sector, the combination of increased reliance on technology and intensified recruiting efforts of companies in every industry has flipped this trend on its head throughout the past decade. Case in point: Computer systems analyst is one of the best jobs for women in 2014, according to a recent CareerCast report. The 12 jobs highlighted in the report are standouts because they employ a large percentage of women and offer competitive pay and positive hiring outlooks over the next eight years. For example, computer systems analysts earn a median annual salary of $79,680, and employment in the field is expected to increase by 25 percent through 2022. This projected rise is due in large part to technology’s shift from its place as merely the support function of a company to the core of the business, a movement that has occurred across all industries. Technology has infiltrated practically every corner of the corporate world and is crucial to the smooth running of the workplace. And more women in particular have entered the IT sector in the 21st century, especially as computer systems analysts, for two reasons, according to Tony Lee, CareerCast’s publisher. The first is that “more women are actually interested in IT now; they’re majoring and getting experience in the field.”
Posted on 26 Dec 2014

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