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Tuesday, October 22 • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
m-NEXT: Girls in Tech: The Importance of Diversity in Tech

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The Importance of Diversity in Tech
There are many benefits to evangelizing diversity in the tech workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, there will be a total of nearly 1.4 million computing-related jobs added in the U.S., an increase of 22% from 2008. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the number of people graduating from college with computer or information sciences degrees has been decreasing steadily since 2004. At this rate, fewer than one-third of the vacant computing jobs expected by 2018 could be filled by U.S. graduates with computing degrees. Increasingly, non-IT jobs require deep knowledge of computing as well. A computing major or minor provides a versatile skill set that crosses disciplines and is essential in today’s information economy.*Diversity Improves the Bottom LineTechnology companies with the highest representation of women in their senior management teams showed a higher return on equity than did those with fewer or no women in senior management. A recent study determined that racial and gender diversity were associated with increased sales revenue, more customers, and greater profits.*Diversity Enhances InnovationInformation technology informs all aspects of modern society. Incorporating women and people of color is vital to the future of technological innovation. When we bring a wider variety of people into IT, our innovation will be enhanced through the valuable contributions that diverse perspectives bring.*Diversity Promotes EqualityWith technology playing an increasingly crucial role in all of our lives, having more people from different backgrounds participate in its creation break down gender and racial economic inequalities.

Source: NCWIT & Girls in Tech

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Laura Slezinger

Partner/Managing Director, Venture Gained Legal / Girls in Tech, SF/SV
Laura Slezinger is founding partner of Venture Gained Legal, a boutique law firm in SFspecializing in startup companies, where her practice areas include corporate, intellectual property, employment and internet law. She has also served as Managing Director of Girls in Tech, San... Read More →

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Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. She remembers being excited by the prospects... Read More →
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Megan Quinn

Partner, Kleiner Perkins
Megan Quinn is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses on consumer Internet investments. Megan specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies. Megan has previously worked at Square as their... Read More →
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Neha Sampat

CEO, raw engineering, inc.
Neha Sampat is CEO of raw engineering. Previously, Neha spent 15 years in product marketing for enterprise software, cloud computing and online experiences for companies like Sun Microsystems and VMware. She also founded KurbKarma, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Startup Battlefield Finalist... Read More →
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Sharon Vosmek

CEO, Astia
Sharon has been CEO of Astia since 2007, joining as COO in 2004. Sharon has an unwavering passion and uniquely well-suited background to drive forward Astia’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation... Read More →

Tuesday October 22, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Stage E

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