At this time in history, women lead two of the major European powers, Germany and the United Kingdom and a woman has been nominated to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Women have either led and or have had leadership roles at major technology companies and academia including Hewlett Packard, IBM, Motorola, Facebook, Yahoo, MIT, Harvard, Brown Universities and many more.
But broad based progress is not about merely addressing the tiny tip of the social pyramid. It about equal representation throughout it. While 40+ percent of STEM graduates today are women, women face systematically higher attrition through the ranks leading to a mere 4 percent remaining to the top.
Our next challenge is not bringing more women into the ranks, it is solving the leaky pipeline through the ranks of women in technology. Today we must show leadership in changing this situation. During this journey it is important to pause, listen and applaud those who through their dedication and hard work, courage and determination have paved the way towards our collective progress.
The women in technology events at the 2016 leadership conference organized in New England by the USA IIT Alumni community (https://www.iit-2016.org/), target celebrating our women leaders, innovators, risk-takers for thinking forward, opening new doors and expanding the possibilities for women around the globe. The conference will have a dedicated women’s half day session on Fri the 12th of Aug. In addition to networking, the afternoon will feature panels on “climbing the corporate ladder” and “entrepreneurship” with some outstanding panelists.
There is more. Jo Miller (http://www.womensleadershipcoaching.com/jomiller.htm) will be giving a 90 min coaching session to the attendees on leadership. Jo is a dynamic, sought-after, energetic speaker who has coached women about breaking into leadership positions in business. She will lead a session that will help you identify the steps to building your own leadership trajectory.
On Saturday, August 13th the two women’s panels on STEM and social impact, will feature visionaries and trailblazers in these areas. An exclusive mentor/mentee session on Sun, Aug 14th targets addressing key questions/challenges that women in particular face facilitating dynamic partnerships amongst the attendees between those seeking answers and those who have the knowledge and experience.
Being held for the first time in the New England area, this conference promises to be one to remember.
Hurry up and register at https://www.iit-2016.org/