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Now a co-managing partner, Upfront’s Kara Nortman is one of the first women promoted to a leadership role in VC

now a co-managing partner, upfront’s kara nortman is one of the first women promoted to a leadership role in vc

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Kara Nortman has always been dedicated to supporting women in technology and in startups.
As one of the founders of the All Raise, the organization dedicated to supporting gender equity in venture capital and technology, a director for Times Up and as the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based expansion women’s soccer team, Angel City, Nortman has been a voice for equality in her professional and personal life.
Now with her promotion to co-managing partner at Upfront Ventures, Nortman (and her firm) are taking another big step to advance women in the industry. Her promotion represents what is likely the first time that a large venture capital firm has promoted a woman to the position of co-managing partner.
Historically women in the venture capital industry have had to launch their own funds to assume a leadership role in the industry. Norton’s promotion flies in the face of that — likely as a recognition that times have changed and firms need to adapt to a world where entrepreneurs are often choosing to take capital from firms that align with their values as much as their strategic vision.
For Upfront’s newest co-managing partner, the path to leadership at a fund with …

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It’s time to apply for Poynter’s 2021 Leadership Academy for Women in Media. Here’s what you need to know. – Poynter

it’s time to apply for poynter’s 2021 leadership academy for women in media. here’s what you need to know. – poynter

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Now in its seventh year, the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media has transformed the careers of more than 400 women in news media and tech. Applications for the 2021 program are now open!
There will be three separate classes for Poynter’s 2021 program, held May 2-7, 2021 (Spring), Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2021 (Fall) and Nov. 7-12, 2020 (Winter) at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. There will be one application to seat all 2021 classes, and it is open until Nov. 30, 2020.
To answer your first question: Yes, you are awesome and should probably apply.
What are the important dates in the application and selection process?

Applications open: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
Applications close: Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
Selected applicants announced: February 2021
Spring class: May 2-7, 2021
Fall class: Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2021
Winter class: Nov. 7-12, 2021

For each class, we evaluate both the individuals and the group as a whole: We look for a rich mix of diversity across multiple areas. We also give great consideration to the strengths and weaknesses of the groups; we aim to select a cohort of women who complement one another so that, even after the program ends, the participants can lean heavily upon one another to continue growing and successfully challenging the status quo of …

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NTT DATA Vice-President Lisa Woodley discusses promoting diversity in tech

ntt data vice-president lisa woodley discusses promoting diversity in tech

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Ahead of the Women in IT Summit New York, Lisa Woodley, Vice President of Customer Experience at NTT DATA Services, spoke to Information Age about the significance of the event and the importance of promoting diversity Woodley oversees a recruitment process that brings diversity to the fore.
Woodley will be on the panel ‘The Evolution of AI vs Humans’ taking place at 10:25 pm EST at the Summit on October 28th.
During their panel discussion at The Women in IT New York Summit, Woodley and her fellow panelists will tackle the topic of the impact of AI and robots on the workplace — both as a force for good (higher productivity, efficiency and more) but also the issues they raise that technology leaders should consider: jobs put at risk, employers needing to manage transitions and how best to integrate AI into work teams.
As Woodley reflects on the topic, she shares how technology plays into her own team’s recruitment methods and the emphasis NTT DATA Services puts on promoting workplace diversity.
Why do you think there is still a problem with a lack of diversity within IT?
One of the biggest things I see is unconscious bias, but not in the …

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Meet the powerful lineup of women speakers at the 11th edition of TechSparks

meet the powerful lineup of women speakers at the 11th edition of techsparks

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The much-anticipated 11th edition of TechSparks is just a few days away, and it promises an all-immersive, digital experience to hear from who’s who of the startup ecosystem.The stage is set for global and a diverse panel of speakers who will discuss the post-pandemic startup ecosystem and workplace, women in STEM and leadership roles, as well as diversity and inclusion at workplace.The five-day event will also see the launch of a report on the state of women entrepreneurship in India, followed by women investors throwing light on gender parity in funding and ways to win over investors amid the pandemic. India’s first full-time woman finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, will also address India’s way forward to being aatmanirbhar. Most importantly, the summit hopes to provide an opportunity for men and women entrepreneurs to adjust their gender lens and be a part of the solutions. Here are the women speakers for TechSparks 2020, to be held from October 26-30, 2020. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman1. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, also happens to be the first full-time woman finance minister of India. Prior to this, she led the Union Defence Ministry.Hailing from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, …

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MCWT Signature Gala Goes Virtual – MITechNews

mcwt signature gala goes virtual – mitechnews

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SOUTHFIELD—The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation’s 14th annual Signature Gala went virtual—one more pivot this year for the nonprofit working to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology.The Oct. 17 digital fundraiser, with a theme of “Embrace the Moment,” raised $352,000 in gross revenue for programs that help inspire and grow girls and women in technology. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles served as host sponsor and over 500 individuals tuned in for the evening.“Despite the pandemic, we’ve actually had a significant year here at MCWT,” said Chris Rydzewski, MCWT’s executive director. “We are a technology group, and thanks to our partners, we’ve been able to build on our strengths, adapt to an ever-changing environment, and reach even more people. The move to virtual was an opportunity to maintain our community connections and make an even bigger impact among the girls and women who need to hear our message the most.”The event provided a behind-the-scenes look at how the nonprofit found the upside in the year’s challenges, detailing five impactful pivots:Sparking curiosity through virtual summer technology programs. Instead of 10 in-person camps for middle and high school girls across the state, MCWT …

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Women In Tech SEO founder Areej AbuAli wins Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing

women in tech seo founder areej abuali wins search engine land award for advancing diversity and inclusion in search marketing

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Search Engine Land Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Search Marketing is Areej AbuAli, the founder of WomenInTechSEO.com.

For those aware of Areej’s contributions, it won’t come as a surprise that she received the overwhelming share of nominations for her work and leadership in founding, building and fostering the Women In Tech SEO community and for her advocacy in creating opportunities for women’s voices to be heard throughout the industry.

Areej founded Women In Tech SEO a little more than a year ago — we encourage you to read her anniversary blog post — with a mission to create a support network aimed for women in the Technical SEO field, to discuss, share and learn from one another. “The aim is to empower each other in a positive, inspiring and beneficial way, and to help build our network and accelerate our careers,” she says.

Women In Tech SEO’s impact on both individuals and the greater SEO community can be heard in every nomination for Areej. Here are just a few of the nominations in their own words:

“[Areej] has built a supportive community for women in …

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Women break through cybersecurity’s glass firewall

women break through cybersecurity’s glass firewall

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It will come as no surprise that women face a gender gap when it comes to high-paying IT and cybersecurity jobs.But women are aiming high to surmount barriers in tech fields, and their achievements are setting examples for girls and young women who might not otherwise consider an IT or cybersecurity career.Women make up 57 percent of adults employed in professional occupations in the United States but hold only 26 percent of tech jobs, according to The National Center for Women & Information Technology’s 2020 Scorecard: The Status of Women in Computing. The center is a nonprofit organization that aims to increase meaningful participation of women and girls in computing; the scorecard can be viewed at ncwit.org.More girls are taking computer science in high school, but access remains unequal, the scorecard states. More women are earning post-secondary degrees in computing — the numbers have been increasing since 2010 — but at all levels, a persistent gender gap remains. There are fewer women faculty in computing as well.In the cybersecurity field, men outnumber women 3 to 1, but more women are joining the field, according to the 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study from (ISC)², a cybersecurity professional organization.Globally, the …

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Don’t let Covid be a backward step for women in tech – comment

don’t let covid be a backward step for women in tech – comment

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BusinessWe’ve probably all had enough bad news recently, but at this time of dealing with stark truths about business resilience, it is important to highlight a number of worrying facts about women in the workplace and specifically the attrition rate of women in tech.Friday, 23rd October 2020, 7:00 am “/> Women still only make up 18 per cent of the entire Scottish tech sector, says Hawkins. Picture: Getty Images.The first is that as a result of the disruption caused by coronavirus, one in four women is contemplating downshifting her career or leaving the workforce altogether. The second is that despite huge efforts to encourage women into technology jobs, the proportion of women in tech roles is now lower than it was 35 years ago. Moreover, around half of women in tech jobs leave before they are 35, compared to just 20 per cent in other industries. While these particular stats are drawn from American studies, anecdotal evidence suggests they’re relevant here too. There are huge opportunities for women in Scotland’s tech sector across financial services, energy and life sciences, but with Covid here to stay for some time, we need to be alert to the potential for long-lasting impacts. Sign up to …

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Yext Appoints Hillary Smith to Board of Directors

yext appoints hillary smith to board of directors

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“Seeing Yext take on the search industry and quickly establish itself as the next big thing through an innovative site search product like Yext Answers got my attention,” said Hillary Smith. “I’m proud to join the company’s Board of Directors and offer my guidance as Yext challenges the status quo of branded search and helps businesses all over the world deliver more official answers directly to their customers.”
Smith currently serves as an operating partner at Craft Ventures, is a board member at Elevate Services, Inc., and consults for various leading technology companies across the country. Previously, she was general counsel five different times for both public and private technology companies, including Square, Zenefits, and SuccessFactors, successfully guiding them through complex areas such as securities, data protection, corporate governance, compliance, and more.Smith’s work has earned her recognition as one of the 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law by the Recorder and one of the 2012 Most Influential Bay Area Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Journal.As the newest member of Yext’s Board of Directors, Smith joins Howard Lerman, Yext Founder and CEO; Brian Distelburger, Yext Co-Founder, President, & Chief Operating Officer; Michael Walrath, Yext Board Chairman and Right Media …

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