According to a study released this year by the American Association of University Women, the percentage of computing jobs held by women fell in 2013 to just 26 percent, down from 35 percent in 1990. Panelists from academia and industry will discuss the challenges women in tech careers face today, and how to resolve them on Tuesday, September 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Toppel Career Center Loft, 5225 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, on the Coral Gables campus.
The Women in Tech Careers panelists will outline their paths to success and engage the audience in a constructive discussion on steps that can be taken to increase future prospects for girls and women interested in tech careers. They include:
Benoit Wirz, director of Venture Investments at the Knight Foundation
Claire Marrero, CEO of The Talent Source and president of ITWomen
Lynn Cherny, Visiting Knight Chair for the Center for Communication, Culture and Change, University of Miami School of Communication
Rebekah Monson, vice president/product of The New Tropic
Christine Lisetti, associate professor of computer science, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University
Brian Reece, associate director of assessment and communication at UM’s Toppel Career Center
The panel, which will be moderated by Sawsan Khuri, director of engagement for the UM Center for Computational Science, is sponsored by UM’s Center for Computational Science; the UM College of Arts & Sciences Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Department of Computer Science; and the Toppel Career Center. The discussion will open with an icebreaker game designed by UM’s Lien Tran, assistant professor of communication, who teaches interaction, digital, game, and Web design. A networking reception will immediately follow.