305 - Why IT Is Losing Smart Women - and How Workforce Diversity Can Help

Tammy Hawkins, Vice President, West Region, OPTOMI
Ester Frey, Vice President, Technology Staffing Services, Robert Half Technology
Madhu Mujoo, Executive Director, San Jose Office, Ernst & Young
Maria Olson, Vice President, Global Alliances, NetApp
Eddie Pate, Ph.D., Director Inclusion & Diversity for WWOPs, Amazon
June 2, 10:45 am - 11:45 am  •  Siskiyou

While the opportunity for careers in Information Technology is growing dramatically, the number of women choosing to enter our field continues to shrink. A well-known study labeled this "The Leaky Pipe Syndrome." Research has shown that businesses which embrace a diverse workforce that includes a significant percentage of women in leadership are more profitable. This panel will explore the broad range of career opportunities woman have in IT today, why the gap is still significant, and what we can do to effect change. Questions and interaction from the audience strongly encouraged!