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Women in Tech : Advice from Women, For Women

The tech industry has a gender problem.

According to the National Center Women & Information Technology, 57 percent of professional occupations in the 2014 U.S. Workforce were held by women. And only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce were held by women. Women make up a significant portion of the tech-consumer market, so shouldn’t the people who build technology should represent the people who use it?

The NCWIT says that “although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. The lack of girls and women in computing and technology represents a failure to capitalize on the benefits of diverse perspectives: in a world dependent on innovation, it can bring the best and broadest problem-solvers to the table; and at a time when technology drives economic growth, it can yield a larger and more competitive workforce.”

Despite the challenges that face women in a male dominated industry, there are a number of women of have defied the odds. These incredible women have not only found success  — but they have served as advocates to other women in the tech industry.

Here  is advice from 5 women who have found success in the tech industry.

1.  Elisa Jagerson 

CEO and Owner of Speck Design

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“There is a voice inside you that will tell you that you are not good enough, prepared enough, or worthy enough to fulfill your dreams. Quiet that voice.”  (VIA)

2. Sheryl Sandberg 

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

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“Studies show that women often underestimate their own abilities…If women believe they can succeed in tech, they  will.  And so many amazing technical leaders already do.”

3. Miriam Naficy

CEO and Founder of Minted.com

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Photo : Laura Morton

“Taking risks allows you to shoot up the career ladder and gain personal leverage much faster.” (VIA)

4. Marissa Mayer

President and CEO of Yahoo

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 07: Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really good is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot about yourself.”

5. Jo Roach

Co-founder Makielab

Photo : Charlie Surbey

Photo : Charlie Surbey

“More women must step up and talk about their work, their achievements, and share their unique perspective.” (VIA)

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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks

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Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)

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“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

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“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

 

#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)

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“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney

 

Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)

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“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)

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“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)

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“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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