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Why Does it Matter and How Can We Change IT?

9/20/2016
When: 9/20/2016
6:00 PM
Where: Webster University Gateway Campus in the historic Arcade Buidling
812 Olive Street
St Louis, Missouri  63101
United States
Contact: Elisa Spencer


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Why does the lack of women in technology matter and why should our organizations in Saint Louis care?  For a couple of really big reasons-

There are over 38,000 open IT positions across Missouri– so acquisition of IT talent is a major issue we are all dealing with.  Additionally,

having a diverse mix of employees has been proven to drive increased revenue and reduced risks, so ultimately, it is way better for the

bottom line.  

 

By now, we are pretty familiar with the statistics.  By 2020 there will be 1 million unfilled computer science jobs in the USA.

What is going on here? With tech jobs plentiful and lucrative, why is the supply / demand ratio so skewed? Well, the tech industry is missing

half the population.  Only 18% of Computer Science Degrees are held by women.  Hundreds of tech organizations report having

extremely low female participation, and the further up the org charts one goes, the less and less women are visible. In fact, there is a

significant drop in women in IT as they move into their thirties.  “You cannot be what you cannot see” is an adage that is especially relevant

with diversity in the workplace. When there are few role models in tech who are women or people of color, it’s hard for a young woman to imagine

they belong in the tech sector.

 

Join SIM Saint Louis September 20, 2016 for a Panel Discussion on Women In IT and How our Local IT Leaders Are Working to

Reduce the Gender Gap in Technology.


Our panelists will be discussing:

·  How do they mentor women through the progression to leadership? 

·  Who were their mentors and how did those mentors encourage them to move forward to attain status as a leader in their organizations?

·  Stereotypes are a huge impediment to women and people of color integrating into the tech sector. How do you break down the stereotypes

   and encourage collaboration within your organization?

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