is delighted to present the Women in IT Summit, USA Edition.
Since the tech giants of the world began diversity reporting back in 2014, some things have changed…but not enough. Globally, there is a notorious lack of representation, across the tech industry, of women, black and minority ethnic professionals, workers with disabilities and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Progression around gender equity has, arguably, taken larger leaps than other areas of inclusion; however, it remains that women make up only 25% of the workforce in some of the world’s Big Techs (Statista, 2020).
We’re additionally starting to wake up to some deep-rooted issues in the spaces of racial equity, and LGBTQ+ and disability representation. We have seen a less-than-1% increase in black worker representation within some of the most influential tech organizations over the past 7 years. Pandemic-related layoffs in many firms resulted in further declines in BAME employees (CNN, 2020). And while many companies vocally support Pride projects, we are seeing very few LGBTQ+ staff progressing to the top of these companies, with difficult cultural issues reported particularly by transgender professionals across the world.
Last year, over 800 delegates joined us for an inspirational and informative event. This year, we’ll bring together delegates from around the world once again as we continue covering the most pressing tech issues and driving key diversity, equality and inclusion conversations forward.
Through a series of content streams, the agenda will share educational, insightful, and actionable recommendations. Sessions will delve into tech-focused topics, allow delegates to reflect on professional development with skills-based masterclasses, and unpack the most relevant diversity, equity & inclusion-based issues.
We look forward to seeing you there!
We’ll be hosting the Women in IT Awards USA on September 21, celebrating advocates and role models across the USA’s tech sector, from the efforts of entrepreneurs and start-ups, to large corporate and industry champions. To find out more and submit a nomination, please click here.