Donna Burke, Exadel’s Vice President of Technology Solutions, recently attended the NY CTO Women in Tech Conference in New York City (November 10th, 2015).
Approximately 200 people attended the event, which targeted beginning/mid-career women in technology and engineering roles. The evening included a panel discussion with speakers from Hearst, Etsy, and Birchbox.
The purpose of the event was to provide insight to younger women about the experiences, challenges, and opportunities that are available to women in technology.
This is a timely topic: according to the Harvard Business Review, 52% of women in STEM fields will drop out between the age of 24 and 32. This “brain drain,” as the Harvard Business Review calls it, has multiple causes, including work culture, family pressures, and the lack of available advancement within a company.
This event was created, in part, to combat this “brain drain,” and empower women in STEM both culturally and within their own companies.
As a woman in the technology sector, Donna said that the event made her “proud of how far we have come.” She added, “looking back to the evolution of technology over the past 20 years, seeing the significant role women play in technology today is awesome.”
Like Donna, Exadel is committed to encouraging women’s participation in technology. In fact, not only are 57% of Exadel employees women in technical roles, we also sponsor two education-based nonprofits:
- Girls Who Code, a non-profit dedicated to reaching gender parity in computing fields.
- BlackGirlsCode, a program working to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color to become innovators in STEM fields.
At Exadel, we’re also proud to foster a workplace culture that encourages employees to give back: Donna is one of three Exadel employees who volunteer with Students Rising Above, a Bay Area non-profit that matches mentors with first-generation college students.
The next Women in Technology event is currently being planned; it will take place in the first half of 2016.