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SXSW 2019

You listening? Teen Girls Talk Path to Tech Careers

With a predicted shortfall of 1M tech workers by 2020, America needs women to join the tech industry. That begins by interesting girls in tech, but studies show they abandon STEM by 9th grade. So how to close this gap? Novel idea: ask the girls. This panel of female teen technologists dives deep on how to engage and keep girls in tech. From what topics interest them most, to pressures from adults and boys to abandon their passion, to what kind of tech-enabled future they see for themselves; this frank and eye-opening discussion will change how you look at girls and women in tech. Led by TechGirlz founder, Tracey Welson Rossman, the discussion between teen girls will bring new meaning to the saying, “the customer is always right.”

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  1. Identifying middle school as the key age when girls historically drop out of STEM and how to better engage them.
  2. Why women are key to filling projected tech worker shortages and helping businesses becoming more competitive.
  3. The unique path and resources required to engage, train and nurture girls so they become accomplished technologists and remain in the field.



Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder, TechGirlz

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Level: Beginner
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