Get Career Advice From Our Women in Tech Panel

03/04/2021

women in tech for women's history month

What started as a march for improved labor laws and the right to vote in 1908 sparked a movement towards international change. Today, we reflect on the obstacles women have overcome ever since. The University of Wisconsin—Madison acknowledges and honors the women in tech who are using their voice and their influence to make an impact for generations to come. 

Our Women in Tech Panel will offer a platform to three trailblazing women to look back on their careers and discuss their ups and downs throughout their journey. Jamielyn Co, Director of Marketing at Tissue Tech, Inc.; Laurie Swanson, Founder of InspiHER; and Darrah Joy Clay, Director of Brand Partnerships at Instacart will be leading the panel discussion, as Lisa Franklin, Head of Digital Marketing at HackerU, moderates.

Why Women in Tech Matter 

The days of the suffrage movement may seem long gone but their grievances are still felt today. Black, Latinx, and Native American women hold less than 5% of technology positions combined, with numbers dwindling as we look further into leadership roles. 

As Jamielyn Co puts it ”It's important to have women in tech because women are major users of tech products. We would be doing our companies and industries a disservice if we don't step up and let our voices be heard.”

“I truly believe that diversity of perspective allows businesses to tackle challenges in a more creative way,” says Lisa Franklin. “Men and Women see things differently, and by increasing the number of women in tech, companies are more prepared to anticipate customer challenges and create technology that is truly reflective of the country we live in.” 

Quick Career Tips for Women in Tech

The beauty of hearing from experienced professionals is gaining access to their lessons learned. Lisa Franklin shares what she wishes she knew when she first started her tech career.

  1. Promoting Yourself Is Not Bragging

I wish I knew that putting myself out there was nothing to be ashamed of! We should be sharing more success stories of women in tech.  If we did that, more women feel that this is a field that is primed and waiting for them to create the next productivity tool, app, etc.

  1. Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

In every role I have ever taken on in my career in tech, I spent the first couple of months uncomfortable. This constant edge increases your skills, speed to deliver, and confidence because you are constantly looking for creative ways to exceed your goals.

Don’t miss your chance to hear more from Lisa and our panelists at our Women in Tech Panel. Register today to save your spot! This is a free, live, virtual event.

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