Girls in Tech Wraps Its Signature Annual Conference with Record Attendance
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Girls in Tech, a global non-profit bringing the world together through education and experiences, welcomed women from around the world to its annual signature conference last week where participants gathered to find community, sharpen their skills and learn how to thrive in tech. This year's Girls in Tech Conference was the highest-attended event in the organization's 13-year history with more than 6,000 people registering to attend the event. The conference was sponsored by Amazon, McKesson, Trend Micro, Micro Focus, Marsh, HP, Guidewire, GAP, Comcast, BigMarker, Nutanix, and Porch.
"COVID-19 challenged us to create a highly interactive and engaging conference in an all-virtual setting. Being virtual meant that we were able to welcome more women than ever before, and from more countries than ever before, to this signature event," said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech. "We delivered one of the most robust and compelling events in our organization's history thanks to our passionate line-up of speakers who are committed to helping women succeed in technology."
"This is a critical time for women in technology, where the gender divide is one of the greatest among any industry. Today, we risk a slide backwards due to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on women, who may be laid off, overlooked for promotion, denied opportunities, or forced to leave the workplace to handle childcare and household responsibilities," said Sandy Carter, Board Chairwoman, Girls in Tech, and Vice President, Amazon Web Services (AWS). "The work of Girls in Tech through this conference and the organization's year-round programs are needed now more than ever. We cannot afford to back down or we'll lose decades of progress that will impact generations of women to come."
Key presentation highlights from the Girls in Tech Conference:
Other programs helping to advance opportunities for women in STEM from Girls in Tech include a recently-launched Jobs Board, which is onboarding organizations and helping them tailor their candidate searches to meet the immediate and impending need for skilled tech talent. Girls in Tech is also providing women who may have suffered a job loss due to COVID-19 the tools and resources they need to match with organizations for potential employment, including digital career fairs, coding camps, globally-recognized conferences, leadership events, and mentorship and networking programs.
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