Women, and especially women of color, are underrepresented in the technology industry.
According to a report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the percentage of women employed in computing and mathematical occupations has consistently hovered at about 25 percent since 2007. And Black women’s participation is lower than 13 percent.
This lack of diversity is a problem for companies. Studies show that diversity and inclusivity increase both profit and innovation.
The April 22 session of Women in Tech Summit Connect (WITS Connect) will feature four women from the high-tech drone company Exyn Technologies, who will discuss their experiences earning respect and feeling valued for contributions while navigating a male-dominated field. In the session titled Benefit of the Doubt: Don’t Minimize Us to Marginalizations, these women will share how they are working together to help their company cultivate an inclusive culture.
Sharing their insights will be Denise Wong, principal robotics engineer; Tiffany Fields, senior manager, people and culture; Vidisha Srivastav, field engineer; and Lynn Jean-Louis, business development technical analyst.
Each month, WITS Connect will feature professional women in IT sharing their expertise in a trending area in the tech industry, or insights acquired during their tech careers. The program is for women at all levels of their careers and in all tech roles. During WITS Connect, women can share stories and questions — and then build new relationships and connections, which has been shown to help advance women’s careers.
April’s WITS Connect is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Registration for the program is free and online; click here.
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