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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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Female entrepreneurs raise first £1m faster than men – but then face barriers

female entrepreneurs raise first £1m faster than men – but then face barriers

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Given the well-publicised problems faced by women working in technology, it may surprise you to learn that they are able to raise their first £1m funding faster than men. 
However that’s where the good news ends, according to research released by Tide. 
The FinTech examined Tech Nation data around more than 1,000 UK university alumni who went on to found a tech company. 
Between 2000 and 2019, it took entrepreneurs an average of 4.8 years after graduation to launch a tech company, and 2.8 years for their companies to raise their first £1m or more in a single funding round. 
On average, women took about the same amount of time to launch their start-up after graduation, but they were faster at raising funds than their male counterparts. 

WomeninTech’s Sarah Wood says a career as a tech entrepreneur can be appealing to women. 
“It’s unsurprising that more and more women are turning to entrepreneurship considering that the reality still stands that women are by large still the primary caregivers in their homes, so the flexibility that comes with entrepreneurship is attractive to women,” she explains.  
“Also, having more control over your career and the speed of which you can progress is understandably more …

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UST Global Recognized as a ‘Champion of Inclusion’ and as one of ‘100 Best Companies for Women in India 2020’

ust global recognized as a ‘champion of inclusion’ and as one of ‘100 best companies for women in india 2020’

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– The company was applauded by Working Mother and Avtar for its commitment towards Meaningful Gender Diversity and Equality
BENGALURU, India, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UST Global, a leading digital transformation solutions company, has been recognized as a ‘Champion of Inclusion’ and as one of the ‘100 Best Companies for Women in India 2020’ by Working Mother and Avtar. While Working Mother serves a role model, mentor, and advocate for more than 17 million mothers devoted to their families and committed to their careers, Avtar works extensively in the area of Diversity & Inclusion, with a special focus on gender diversity.
The recognition as a champion of inclusion and as one of the Best Companies for Women in India (BCWI) affirms UST Global’s commitment to meaningful gender diversity and equity. The company’s practices and policies ensure safe and inclusive working conditions while providing fair and equal opportunities. This is the second consecutive year that UST Global has been chosen among the 100 Best Companies for Women by Working Mother and Avtar.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are among the founding blocks of how UST Global as an organization translates its values of Humility, Humanity, and Integrity into practice. From its inception to now, 20-years later, …

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Winners of 2020 Empowering Women in IT Awards

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This year, three V Teamers from Verizon India took the spotlight at external forums that recognize the talent and expertise of Women in Tech, winning two awards at the Empowering Women in IT (eWIT) Excellence Awards and one at the Women in Corporate Awards (WICA) 2020. Reji, Manisha and Sowmya made us proud by clinching the ‘Trendsetter Woman in IT’, ‘Emerging Woman in IT’ and ‘Innovation Champion’ titles respectively at these awards.The  IT TrailblazerReji R. is setting the bar high for women in technology. As this year’s winner of the eWIT ‘Trendsetter Woman in IT – Technology category’ award, Reji knows the value of taking your ideas and blazing a path to success. A trendsetter and trailblazer for women everywhere, she uses her platform to inspire others to chase their goals. She shares, “I hope this recognition motivates more people to actively engage in the many avenues that Verizon provides to be a part of industry forums, and showcase our skills and accomplishments.” – Reji R.The Rising StarFor Manisha G., just making the shortlist for this year’s award was reason enough to celebrate. Never did she dream she would become the eWIT ‘Emerging Woman in IT – …

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