It Is Time to Increase the Amount of #Women in Technology.
On Friday November 6th, 2015, 45 female students from 7 San Diego County high schools and 9 San Diego County colleges gathered at Sony Electronics in Rancho Bernardo, CA, for the first ever “Insights From Women In Tech – Keys 2 Future Success” Event – brought to you by the Women’s Hackathon at CSUSM.
The event which is a new and exciting addition to the semi-annual Women’s Hackathon is designed to introduce young women to careers in the field of technology; with a keynote from Sony’s Senior Director of Information Systems, Sony Network Entertainment, a panel of powerful women leaders in tech and by connecting local companies with the girls to discuss available internships, career opportunities and career paths in technology. Several girls shared their excitement about a possible internship with Sony – while they test-drove a Sony PlayStation™ in the lobby!
Offering Career and Life Advice for Young Women in Tech
Encouraging women to pursue computer science careers is not easy, but research shows that combatting stereotypes is one approach to increasing women in STEM. We need more visibility when it comes to the work female engineers have already accomplished, so young girls know it’s not just men who are behind technology they use in their everyday lives. At the event, four successful women leaders in tech joined the panel for a Q&A session to offer career and life advice for the young women in tech. Girls asked curious and intelligent questions following the panel.
- Erna Adelson, Senior Director Information Systems, Sony Network Entertainment
- Marie Harrington, Senior Director Program Management, Sony Network Entertainment
- Erin Metzger, Senior Product Manager at PlayStation Network – Sony Network Entertainment
- Crystal Harrison, VP Product Management and Product Strategy, Pivot3
- Samantha Urban, CEO, Urban Translations
The event was organized and implemented by Dr. Youwen Ouyang, Professor and Chair of Computer Science Department, Shauna Ruyle, a Marketing Consultant and Cal State San Marcos graduate, Sahar Mosleh Adjunct Faculty member of the Computer Science Department, and Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, Regional Administrator of the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. The team was supported by 8 local companies (including Sony whose HR representatives were present) and over 10 industry professionals who participated as Mentors, Judges or Sponsors at the October 24, 2015 Women’s Hackathon. A special thank you goes out to Sony and to our October Hackathon sponsors for making the event possible: CompTIA, Pivot3, The Gormally Family, Cylance and Seer Interactive.
With such an enthusiastic response from the students, panelists and company representatives, the Women’s Hackathon looks forward to holding a post-hackathon career event like this following each semi-annual Hackathon, so to connect up-and-coming female tech workers with more local companies — let’s fill the gender gap in tech!
Video Interview: Meet Marissa & Vanelly, high school students from East Lake High
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