Women Technology Leaders discuss progress made by women in technology but more data needed

Women Technology Leaders discuss progress made by women in technology but more data needed

On Friday, June 12th in Denver, Colorado,  close to 600 women attended the Colorado Technology Association‘s Women in Technology Conference, held outdoors under a massive tent at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, as detailed in the Denver Post article by tech blogger Tamara Chuang.

One discussion, focusing on the progress of women participating in the field of computers and technology, was guided by technology leaders (as pictured above and from left to right during a lunchtime panel session), Nancy Phillips, co-founder and CEO of ViaWest, Lucy Sanders, executive director of National Center for Women & Information Technology and Avis Yates-Rivers, CEO of Technology Concepts Group International. (Picture courtesy of Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post).

It was noted that some progress has been made— women in high school and college, participating in computer science courses, was up to about 19%, from the 13% cited in 2004 (the year the National Center for Women & Information Technology was founded).

One of the biggest issues highlighted was the lack of data in tracking the status of women in technology. Sanders, who is pushing for more companies to release diversity data to show what women do at technology companies, said “It’s so important because we think we know what the numbers are. We have companies tell us their numbers in secret, but we can’t tell what the women are doing.”

Please see the Denver Post article  for more information about details of this June 12th panel.    All information and quotes, including the photo, from the June 12th event were taken from the referenced article by tech blogger Tamara Chuang, @Gadgetress. 

More information on the CTA Women in Technology Conference can be found here: http://www.coloradotechnology.org/events/event_details.asp?id=521765&group=