Build Your Community of Women in Tech in Wisconsin

12/14/2021

Recently, the University of Wisconsin—Madison hosted a virtual event titled, “Empowering Women in STEM.” Panelists consisted of Keynote Speakers, engineers, and analysts to bring you their experiences in navigating a male-dominated industry. 

“Community” was one of the topics panelists covered and there were several takes on its importance.

“There’s so much room for all of us to succeed in this space. Tech is only getting bigger. There’s only going to be more jobs, which means there’s no point in feeling threatened or insecure, or whatever makes someone feel they shouldn’t lend a hand out to somebody else. Helping someone else is only going to elevate everyone else in the room.” - Erika Tapia, Business Intelligence Analyst. 

When it comes to the importance of community, Noelle Silver, a top AI Keynote Speaker, spoke about the part that community plays in women’s longevity in the tech industry.

“The number one way women will stay in tech longer than three years is if there is a community of women or like-minded people that support them… I know that in every second I stay I hold the door open longer for those who will come behind me.

It’s in that community that we are successful and that’s what I think is part of the solution of changing the patterns and DNA of our industry.” 

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Access the full on-demand event for free to learn more about: 

  • How our panelists build and maintain their community
  • How to use social media as a networking tool for community-building efforts
  • The need for representation in the tech industry

Being techies at heart, they also cover:

  • Choosing a programming language to learn
  • Emerging trends like conversational AI and Deep Fakes
  • Career outlooks and opportunities
  • and so much more!

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Connect with our Panelists

Talia Fayaz is a software engineer at YieldStreet and the founder of NYC Coders, an organization that runs data structure & algorithms workshops, holds panels, hackathons, and other events that help bootcamp and university grads land their first job in tech.

Erika Tapia is a Data Analyst at Ideas Collide, a strategic marketing communications firm, where she works primarily on business intelligence efforts utilizing Domo, a modern BI platform, to tell a client’s story through data. In her spare time, she enjoys giving back to the softball community by providing skills clinics or private lessons to kids and high school athletes, with hopes of doing the same for tech. 

Noelle Silver is a multi-award-winning technologist who specializes in conversational AI and Voice Technology, Intelligent Apps and Agents, and Responsible AI Practices. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is the Founder of #Lovefluencers and the AI Leadership Institute. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, authentic personal branding, and the ethical and responsible use of technology in business. She was recently awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Artificial Intelligence as well as VentureBeat’s Women in AI Responsibility and Ethics Award. She is an influencer in Voice and AI globally.

Helpful Resources to Build Your Community

Reboot Representation 

Women In Technology Wisconsin Inc.

Meetup Groups in Wisconsin

Bootcamp events hosted by University of Wisconsin—Madison 

Women Who Code

Ada's List

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