Encourage. Energize. Empower.

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.  – Kofi Annan

In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations.  However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology. 
Encourage. Energize. Empower.  Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice,  WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest. 
Where should you start? How about right here?  Here is a great place to start. 
We’ll do it together.

Let Her Finish: Supporting Women's Voices in Tech

Wed, Nov 15 2017 17:00 UTC

Let Her Finish: Supporting Women's Voices in IT

Next time you attend a meeting, watch what happens when women at the table offer ideas. If your office is like most in America, you’ll notice women are interrupted almost three times as often as men. Women are getting left out of the conversation & decision making. Headlines these days are full of examples of how IT can be hostile place for women. It's harder to be successful with lack of effective mentors, a "Brogammer" culture and fighting to have our voices heard. The consequences are real. The wage gap isn't closing as fast as it should. Women are leaving tech at 2.5 times the rate of men & 47% of women in tech are considering a career change in the next year. This discussion will cover positive solutions that help women’s voices be heard & how your culture and company can help them thrive. We need to learn to say “Stop interrupting me.” and “I just said that.” However, men can be, no HAVE to be, part of the solution. They can help women become part of the conversation. This session is for men and women in IT. We need men to be our allies at work. Women can't solve this on our own. Learn how you can help make your team work better together, create better solutions to problems and without conflict to get there

Rie Irish

Rie is a single Mom raising her beautiful daughter in North Georgia. She has been a SQL Server DBA for the last 14 years. She's worked in many industries including the non-profit sector, big pharma, federal contracting and payment processing. She is very involved with the Atlanta MDF User Group and helps plan their SQL Saturday.

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