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This talk was given at TEDxCollegeofWilliamAndMary, April 6 2014. The theme of the TEDx was "Forward" and the forces shaping our future. I spoke about women in tech and that they're a missing force. ...

This talk was given at TEDxCollegeofWilliamAndMary, April 6 2014. The theme of the TEDx was "Forward" and the forces shaping our future. I spoke about women in tech and that they're a missing force.

Quick summary: 1985 was a significant year for women studying computer science. 37% of the computer science degrees in the US that year were awarded to women.

In 2012, that number had dropped to 18%.

And the latest numbers from the College Board show that’s consistent with the number of young women who take the AP Computer Science exam. A mere 18%.

In this talk, I shared why women need to be a force shaping the future of technology, the impact that gender diversity has on innovation and leadership, and one idea to help reverse the decline of women in tech.

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  • Women in Tech: The Missing Force Karen Catlin Developing powerful women leaders in the tech industry www.karencatlin.com @kecatlin April 6 2014, TEDxCollegeofWilliam&Mary © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved.
  • Back in 1985…
  • CS Degrees Awarded in the US 14,431 7594 24,690 35,478 1985 2011 Men Women Source: US Dept of Education, nces.ed.gov 37% 17% View slide
  • The Need Expected US Grads Unfilled By 2022, the US will need 1.2M computer scientists Source: NCWIT By The Numbers View slide
  • Why More Women? Image courtesy of Stoonn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • Cautionary Tales Photo by Janipewter, CC BY-SA 3.0 Image courtesy of Dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Image courtesy of africa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • Impact on Patents Source: NCWIT, ncwit.org/pdf/PatentExecSumm.pdf Graph by DarwinPeacock, CC BY 3.0
  • Why More Women? Balance Inclusive Design Innovation
  • Groups for Girls & Women in Tech
  • Creating a More Inclusive Culture 10%  48% 7%  42% May 2014: over 50% masters & PhDs
  • What I’m Seeing
  • Why I’m Optimistic Image courtesy of Theresa Richards, Girls of Steel
  • Why I’m Optimistic Image courtesy of C. Devinney
  • Stay in touch! Karen Catlin karencatlin.com femgineer.com Twitter: @kecatlin © 2014 by Karen Catlin. All rights reserved.