Women in Technology

News and advice for and about women working to get make the most of their STEM careers.

After 30 Years in IT, One Woman Sees More to Do

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Sandra Ashworth, Unisys’s global director of channel relations and warranty, is an evangelist for women in IT. A member of CompTIA for more than 20 years, she’s currently the chair of the organization’s Advancing Women in IT Community. Ashworth’s been in the IT services industry for more than 30 years in capacities including field management, operations, vendor relations, customer service design/implementations and supply chain marketing. “I started out on an ad punch machine while I was in high school,” she… continue…

VC Funding Barrier Eases for Women

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Although women stand a greater chance of getting venture funding than they did a decade ago, they’re by no means on equal footing with men when it comes to financing their startups, according to researchers and venture capitalists. The percentage of U.S. venture backing for startups with at least one woman founder reached 13 percent in 2013, dramatically higher than 2004’s 4 percent. Those numbers come from the private equity and venture capital researcher PitchBook. While the number of women… continue…

Why Negotiation Skills Are Vital for Women in Tech

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In their book Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide, economist Linda Babcock and writer Sara Laschever argue that women are less likely to negotiate on the job. They contend that their inability to be assertive in the work world leads women to lose out on pay raises and miss out on promotions. Obviously, that’s a real problem: Negotiation can be a way to increase job satisfaction, decrease attrition and rise up the ranks. According to a study by… continue…

Men, Women Make Different Pitches to VCs

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Women and men have different styles when it comes to pitching venture capitalists on their businesses. Women rely on metrics, while men pitch broad visions, according to women VCs at MIT’s 16th Annual Venture Capital Conference. The Boston Business Journal reported that the topic was one of many at the Women in VC panel event, which also touched upon the challenges and solutions in the women-led VC space. While men tend to pitch a vision for the future, women have… continue…

Hackbright Boot Camp Moves Women Into Coding Careers

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Hackbright Academy in San Francisco is a 10-week boot camp with a twist: Not only is the year-old program for women only, all of its graduates began with established careers in non-STEM fields. Through its intensive training, mentoring, final projects and “speed dating” career day, Hackbright has been able to place graduates into positions as software engineers at startups and established organizations including Change.org, Eventbrite, Facebook, Flixster, Heroku, New Relic, Rdio, Perforce, Pinterest, Pivotal Labs, StubHub, SurveyMonkey, Trulia, Twilio and… continue…

5 Reasons Engineering Teams Need More Women

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While some companies have made inroads when it comes to increasing the number of women on their engineering teams, a large number of them – especially those with teams of over 100 people — haven’t. At some businesses, there’s still a feeling that it doesn’t really matter whether or not a team is diverse. Here’s some reasons those firms may want to reconsider. Women bring diversity, and diversity helps generate new ideas for solving problems. Especially with products geared toward… continue…

Scardino On Board Doesn’t Answer Twitter’s Questions

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Faced with a firestorm of criticism for lacking a woman director, Twitter last week named media executive Marjorie Scardino to its board. While Scardino’s appointment to the previously all-male board finally quashes the raunchy (forgive us) “three Peters and Dick” joke that was making the rounds within the company (because of its directors Peter Chernin, Peter Currie, Peter Fenton and CEO Dick Costolo), it still begs several questions, like why did it take Twitter so long to add a woman… continue…

How OSU Medical Center’s CIO Got Her Job

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A system to track dog licenses at the Franklin County Auditor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio, set Phyllis Teater on a path to her current position as CIO of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Teater was a clerk in the auditor’s office — having left Purdue University two years earlier — still undecided about what she really wanted to do with her life. Younger than other members of her team, she was the one sent to talk to IT about… continue…

Where Women Find the Value of ‘Leaning In’

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Carla Gentry would have laughed if she’d been advised to just “lean in” when she was a divorced mom trying to raise two boys. Gentry, who operates her data analytics business from Louisville, Ky., recalls being greeted with a blatantly sexual comment from the head of a previous employer on her first day on the job. Eight months after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book came out, people are still talking about it, largely because workplace issues persist for women in… continue…

Why Male Mentors Can Benefit Women in Tech

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No one questions the value of female mentors for women in technology. Their career moves and personal perspective are needed to inspire and educate the relatively small number of women in the sector. But many women don’t realize that having a male mentor can be valuable, as well. For close to a decade, the number of women in IT has stagnated, remaining at a quarter of the technology workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That compares to the… continue…