RECAP: Foundry Fellows Lead Panel on Building a Balanced Tech Industry at the DC Women in Tech Summit

Over 100 women in tech from across the country joined together on March 19, 2016 for The Women in Tech Summit — the only women in technology conference that provides attendees with a unique combination of deep-dive, hands-on tech workshops, information and discussions about careers in tech and how to pursue them, and networking opportunities with other women in various aspects and careers in technology.

Foundry Fellows Tiffany Li, Camille Stewart, and Gabriella E. Ziccarelli curated the panel titled “Driven, Diversified, & Dynamic: Building a Balanced Tech Industry.” They were joined by panelists Valerie Woolard, a software engineer at Slate, and Erin Leach, an associate intellectual property attorney at Fish & Richardson. The panelists led a discussion on the imbalance issue that exists in the tech industry (e.g., gender, race, traditional vs. non traditional tech backgrounds, age), the value behind building balanced teams, and solutions on how to educate, hire, retain, and empower diverse employees.

Thank you to my amazing panelists for such a dynamic conversation about diversity in tech #WITSDC pic.twitter.com/CatrOz0vHS
— Gabriella Ziccarelli (@IPwithGZ) March 19, 2016
Just finished my panel at #WITSDC with @IPwithGZ @tiffanycli and Erin Leach. Thanks for the photo @SaraMartinez! pic.twitter.com/mnLevepof8
— Valerie Woolard (@valeriecodes) March 19, 2016

Originally published at www.ilpfoundry.us on March 24, 2016.

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