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November 18, 2018

Securing the Future with Girls in Tech

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Securing the Future with Girls in Tech

Closing the gender gap in the tech industry is no easy feat, which is why there are so many organizations dedicated to helping the cause. Some seek to create pathways that allow young women to continue education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, while others aim to nurture women who have already chosen a career in tech and are looking for ongoing education to get them where they need to be. Some focus on specific subject areas like coding, while others target women who work in the technology industry at large but in non-tech roles like HR, marketing, or sales.

All of these organizations are doing great things for the tech community — so how do you choose which to support?

Empowering women

One organization we hold dear at Trend Micro is Girls in Tech (GIT). It’s a non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. With more than 100,000 members in over 30 countries around the world, GIT is here to inspire women to innovate, share their wisdom, and follow their entrepreneurial dreams.

One of our favorite things about the group is that its chapters are open not just to female engineers but anyone with an interest in technology, regardless of age or profession. This chimes perfectly with Trend Micro’s own approach to closing the gender gap in tech: we hire candidates from all backgrounds, irrespective of experience.

Closing the gap

As part of this initiative and to do something special to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, we recently reached out to Girls in Tech for help on a project. What better way to show our ongoing commitment to closing the gender divide in tech than to send 30 women to AWS re:Invent, a major industry conference we support as diamond sponsor? Girls in Tech helped us nominate 30 women that may not have been able to get to the show themselves, but are hungry to learn more and network with leading industry practitioners there. These women come from different backgrounds and live all over the world, but they’ll hopefully be able to learn things at re:Invent that they can take home with them, apply in their current roles and share with others.

There’s much more to come on this initiative, so stay tuned. For now, make sure to check out Girls in Tech and learn how you can help to close the skills gap by donating to GIT, joining a local chapter, participating in Hacking for Humanity, or reading more about how to accelerate your own career.

Here are just some of the women we’re inviting to re:Invent:

Andria Thomas owns her own Dallas-based ad agency and admits she kind of fell into tech, but is particularly looking forward to learning first-hand about new and emerging technologies at re:Invent. She’s passionate about increasing tech literacy in underserved communities and urges women to be fearless in pushing their own agenda to get on in the industry

 

 

 

.Cisco Chief of Staff Wendy Howell was wowed after seeing GIT founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne in an interview and now owns Cisco’s global relationship with GIT and acts as the managing director of GIT’s Austin chapter. Wendy’s advise to women starting out in the industry is to “say yes and figure out later” and connect and network constantly. She’s looking forward to doing some networking of her own at the show.

 

 

 

Avni Barman is currently a student at USC where she’s the managing director of the only university chapter of GIT. She’s always been fascinated by product development and the technical foundation on which it’s based. At the show, Avni’s looking forward to getting hands-on at the re:Invent workshops as well as meeting other GIT MDs.

 

 

Mona Nabil Demaidi is assistant professor at the Palestinian An-Najah National University and co-founder of her own business, weziwezi, which she hopes will become the number one search engine for Arabic content. Mona is involved in GIT initiatives to teach girls from the age of five how to code and passionately believes technology can change people’s lives.

 

 

 

 

Former engineer Melissa Drake teaches IT in high school, and her advice to those considering a career in tech is to join an organization like GIT, even if they aren’t tech-savvy, as they’ll learn a lot and have fun in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Trend Micro Incorporated (Trend Micro) is currently running a social media donation campaign to benefit Girls in Tech, which will fund the organization’s programs to benefit women’s careers in technology such as those listed above. From November 19, 2018 through December 15, 2018 or until the donation cap is hit, whichever comes first, , for every “share”  of this Twitter post or “share” of this Facebook post or “share” or this LinkedIn post, Trend Micro will donate 30 cents, up to a total of $100,000 USD to Girls in Tech. No personal information will be accessed or collected by Trend Micro as a result of this campaign. No inappropriate content may be included/added/used on Trend Micro’s Twitter post and all responses will be reviewed and inappropriate content removed by the Trend Micro social media team. The views of Trend do not necessarily reflect that of Girls in Tech.

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