Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

First ‘Tech Superwomen Summit’ in San Francisco Next January

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Tech Superwomen Summit (TSWS) on Wednesday announced it is holding its inaugural event on January 29, 2015 in San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

TSWS is committed to helping uncover the forces that are hindering women’s mobility in the tech workplace and offering a venue for discussing ways to overcome these challenges. It uses data as the starting point to explore the roadblocks driving inequity in the business, as well as roadmaps that are paving the way for a better future.

By augmenting existing studies with original research, the TSWS data visualization project will serve as a touchstone each year – documenting what’s empowering as well as hindering women’s mobility in the tech sector.

“Using and sharing findings from the data collected is a powerful change agent, ” noted Alicia Castillo Holley, CEO and Founder, Wealthing® Institute, and one of the data project advisors for TSWS. “By establishing a benchmark this first year, we can gauge the progress we are making and use the data and analysis to help shape our progress toward positive change.”

“This event will synthesize the mood of the country on tech, diversity and inclusion as well as articulate the need for a better, sharper dialogue that combines culture and data toward a better path forward, ” said Cathryn Posey, Tech Superwomen founder. “The Tech Superwomen Summit will bring together influential women and men in technology, executives and leaders, as well as students and young professionals for a breakthrough inaugural event that is all about creating positive change.”

According to recent studies, Posey says only three percent of tech startups are led by women; only nine percent of CIOs are female (and this number has actually decreased over the past two years); and 56 percent of women leave technical jobs by mid-career – an attrition rate that is double that of men’s.

Posey said, “This is an important topic and something I am passionate about. It is time the community comes together to take action to make the tough decisions that will lead to positive change for the future.”

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