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SXSW 2018

Women in Tech: Perceptions vs. Misconceptions

Despite playing a key role in the growth of tech, women’s representation in the industry has stagnated. Some argue women simply are not as interested in tech careers as men – but industry insiders know it’s not that simple. Join us for a panel discussion among four accomplished women in tech who understand the complexities of this issue – and how to overcome them.

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  1. Girls' interest in tech lessens with age. How do we reverse the trend?
  2. Just 37% of girls know of someone with a tech job. How can we better match girls with tech role models?
  3. Less than half of girls who’ve taken tech classes are confident their skills are right for a career. How do instill tech confidence in girls?


  • Cathy Alper, Director, Industry Relations, CompTIA
  • Heather Terenzio, CEO and Co-Founder, Techtonic
  • Tracey Wellson-Rossman, Chief Marketing Officer, Chariot Solutions
  • Michelle Ragusa-McBain, Global Customer Partner Experience Manager, Cisco


Lisa Fasold, Sr Dir of Mktg & Communications, Creating IT Futures

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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