The Beacon is an online source for tech news with a mission to inform, entertain, and inspire readers by writing about the many ways technology shapes our world. They recently honored five women, including our very own CEO/founder, Tracey Welson-Rossman, for being Inspiring Women Leading the Tech Industry! The full article was originally published on The Beacon: Powered by Vweb website.
March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to honor the extraordinary women whose perseverance brought us progress — and to look forward to a more inclusive tomorrow. But as we near the end of this month-long celebration, we should also find time for reflection.
According to recent statistics from the Department of Labor and the NCWIT, women are severely underrepresented in tech careers. Women make up only 25% of all computing occupations and just 21% of programming jobs. Despite research showing that companies with female leaders perform better, women hold a mere 9% of management positions in the information tech industry. These numbers are even smaller for women of color.
The statistics are disheartening. But they don’t signal defeat. Countless women have overcome these odds and emerged as industry experts. We reached out to 5 influential leaders who are driving diversity — and results — in the tech space. Here’s how they’re empowering the next generation of women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
When it comes to empowering the next generation of tech leaders, Tracey Welson-Rossman leads by example. In her own career, she’s gained experience in everything from advertising sales to marketing channel management. But, her true passions lie in entrepreneurship and leadership. As the founder and CEO of TechGirlz, she plays to both strengths.
TechGirlz creates opportunities for middle school girls to learn about technology, explore various career paths and develop mentoring relationships. Through educational workshops and an annual events, the organization gives young women the confidence — and experience — to emerge as tomorrow’s tech leaders.