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Featured Session: Voices Live Chicago Conference
200 East Randolph
Chicago, IL USA
Panel: Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Growing Female Technology Professionals
Will be streamed on Spreecast and WebEx from 12-2pm CST on Friday, March 13th
Margaret Resce Milkint, Managing Partner, The Jacobson Group; WING Co-Founder; ITF Board Member
David Mendelsohn, Managing Partner, DLA Piper; WING Co-Founder
Danelle Kent, Consultant¸ SWC Technology Partners
Danelle is a Certified Project Management Professional (NU) with 4+ years of combined experience in detail oriented technical writing and quality assurance analysis. She currently supports full software lifecycle by facilitating different functional roles including quality assurance analyst, business analyst, and technical writer.
Arti Arora, Aon
Deanne Hettich, Vice President Practice Leadership, Aon Hewitt
Cynthia Clarke, CIO, Mesirow Financial
Jeff Hughes, Vice President Information Technology, CNA
Marisa Cabrera, IT Rotational Program Participant, CNA
Abstract: Despite the strides made recently for women in business, female tech professionals continue to be outpaced by their male counterparts. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s Innovation Economy Outlook survey, less than 50 percent of technology companies have women in the C-suite or serving on the board of directors. Only 19 percent of CIO positions for Fortune 250 companies are held by women.
In fact, the gender disparity among technology professionals seems to be increasing in spite of recent gains throughout the workplace. Fewer women are joining the tech workforce and the numbers of female students studying technology is in decline—today only 18 percent of computer science majors are women, compared to 37 percent in the mid-1980s. Add in a continued wage imbalance and a high turnover rate for female tech professionals mid-career and it is clear that there is work to be done. How can we encourage more women to join the technology field and insurance technology in particular? What can be done to break down the barriers to success as a female technology professional?