Local Tech Pros Help Us Crack The Girl Code — And Ban The Words ‘Balance’ And ‘Bossy’

For our Spring 2018 issue of Utah Valley BusinessQ, we invited the women to sit at the table — more specifically, we invited women in tech. These local tech pros have cracked the code on how to work in a male-dominated industry. 

Bennett, BusinessQ: What advice do you give to women in tech?

Birch, MTEC: I talk to so many girls who think they will be a mom and they don’t need to get an education and work. I’m not saying being a stay-at-home mom is a bad thing. But I tell them that the climate right now is for technology. We don’t have many girls in our programs, and when we do, they are asked […]

2018-04-05T19:02:40-07:00

Utah’s SheTech Conference aims to inspire generation of girls

On March 1, more than 2,000 girls gathered in the Mountain American Exposition Center in Sandy for the SheTech Conference. These girls, ranging from ninth- to 12th-graders, were there for one purpose: to learn about and encourage their activity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Founded by the Women Tech Council, the SheTech Conference is an annual conference held in Utah to encourage girls to connect with STEM.

“SheTech is a STEM activation program,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “It is really about how we inspire these … high school girls into STEM … how we can help them become interested.”

The main goal of […]

2018-03-17T21:48:09-07:00

Seeing is believing — SheTech shows girls there’s a future for women in Utah’s tech industry

When Nadia Diaz and Abbi Rogers were students at American Fork High School, “inspirational” chemistry teacher Whitney Beckstead took them to SheTech Explorer Day three years running.

The chance to interact with women who had established careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) had a big influence on the teenagers. Both now 18, Diaz is now studying forensic science at Utah Valley University while Rogers is at Utah State University, studying veterinary science.

“I wouldn’t be majoring in veterinary science if it weren’t for SheTech,” Rogers said Thursday, when the Women Tech Council held […]

2018-03-03T21:54:51-07:00

Utah State University partners with Women Tech Council

Utah State University recently partnered with the Women Tech Council to create the Student Innovators group, which aims to help more women receive degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Women Tech Council, a national organization “focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector,” aims to increase the number of women pursuing fields through mentorship programs and networking opportunities, according to the group’s website.

Camille Knudson, a member of the organization, often finds herself stretched thin between working full-time, raising three children and studying management information systems at the USU-Tooele campus.

However, Knudson said participating in the council has enhanced her educational experience and provided opportunities for her to network with professionals in […]

2018-03-02T23:30:57-07:00

It’s time for fun with STEM at SheTech Explorer Days

The SheTech Explorer Days are back, and there is literally something for every young woman at this event.

SheTech is put on by the Women Tech Council as a hands-on tech conference for high school girls. The day includes a plethora of interactive hands-on workshops centered on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Girls who attend can explore robotics, computer programming, digital media, chemistry, health and microbiology.

Cydni Tetro, co-founder and president of the Women Tech Council, is very excited about how much SheTech has grown since its inception in 2014. From just about 300 girls then, Tetro said this week she expects more than 2,000 girls will be attending Thursday’s event at the Mountain America […]

2018-03-02T23:40:28-07:00

InMoment Starts 2018 on Heels of Unprecedented Growth

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After a record-breaking first half of 2017, InMoment today announced an even stronger performance through end of the year. The leading customer experience (CX) intelligence platform smashed several previous revenue and profitability records, achieved exponential growth in new industries such as automotive and financial services, and launched innovation initiatives boosting its ability to scale at an even faster rate.

Significant milestones include:

New Client Acquisition: InMoment experienced its highest level of year-over-year growth in the company’s 15-year history by closing a record number of new logo accounts and gaining significant traction from partner collaborations. In addition, the company expanded its footprint within existing clients, […]

2018-02-13T21:49:16-07:00

Instructure Named to Women Tech Council 2018 Shatter List for Actively Working to Break Technology’s Glass Ceiling

SALT LAKE CITYJan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Instructure, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter, today announced it has been named to the Women Tech Council 2018 Shatter List for actively employing measures to help break the technology industry’s glass ceiling. Instructure was among 44 companies recognized based on the development and successful implementation of measures that create inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.

“Being included in the Shatter List requires a holistic and active commitment to creating inclusive cultures from the executive level all the way down to entry positions,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech Council. “The best practices these companies are developing […]

2018-02-10T23:32:52-07:00

InMoment Recognized in 2018 Shatter List for Actively Working to Break Technology’s Glass Ceiling

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Customer experience (CX) intelligence pioneer, InMoment, today announced it has been recognized in the Women Tech Council’s 2018 Shatter List for actively employing measures to help break the technology industry’s glass ceiling. InMoment was among 44 companies recognized based on the development and successful implementation of measures that create inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.

In receiving this recognition, InMoment was noted for its recently launched “Women of InMoment” initiative, strong investment from the company’s CEO, executive team and broader leadership group, and promote-from-within culture. “Women of InMoment” is an internal global program designed to provide the company’s female staff with opportunities to mentor and learn from one another, develop leadership […]

2018-02-10T23:25:22-07:00

RizePoint in 2018 Shatter List for Actively Working to Break Technology’s Glass Ceiling

RizePoint, the leader in quality experience management software, announced that it has been recognized in the Women Tech Council’s 2018 Shatter List for its measures to help break technology’s glass ceiling. RizePoint was among 44 companies recognized based on the successful implementation of measures that create inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.

“We are proud that RizePoint has been recognized on the first Shatter List. One of our fundamental company values is Empower. We are passionately committed to empowering our team – which led us to sign the Equal Pay Pledge, become a founding member of the ParityPledge, mentor at WTC’s SheTech, and create the first-of-its-kind STEM scholarship program in Utah. Our […]

2018-01-26T16:50:28-07:00

Diversity, education key issues for Utah’s tech industry

SLAKE CITY — While the rise of Utah’s tech sector graphs like a hockey stick, leaders in the industry aren’t squeamish about identifying what factors could derail growth or send it on a downward spiral.

On day 2 of the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, education and diversity figured largely in discussions of issues that need to be confronted to ensure continued vibrance.

Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard took the main stage at the Salt Palace Friday morning and exhorted attendees to sign a letter to Utah legislators that includes some stark statistics reflecting current unfilled tech jobs in the state and the related upstream issues of lack of opportunity in K-12 computer science courses.

“According to the conference board, […]

2018-01-24T03:06:55-07:00

Women Tech Council Reveals 2018 Shatter List

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council, a national organization based in Silicon Slopes focused on increasing the number of women in technology, today released the 2018 Shatter List showcasing 44 technology companies that are creating and enacting practices and cultures that remove the glass ceiling. The list is the first research of the technology industry to review and rate the development and successful implementation of measures that create inclusive cultures where women can contribute and succeed.

“Shattering technology’s glass ceiling requires companies to invest more and be actively engaged in creating cultures and activities that expect and demand inclusivity from top to bottom,” said Cydni Tetro, Women Tech Council president. “By highlighting the companies […]

2018-01-17T22:21:45-07:00

Women Tech Council Opens Registration for SheTech, largest STEM activation program for high school girls

SALT LAKE CITYJan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council today opened registration for SheTech 2018, a program that activates, engages and inspires high school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on experience and mentoring.

The SheTech Explorer Day event on March 1 will draw more than 2,500 girls from across Utah to earn industry certifications, problem solve with mentors and explore STEM careers through activities like robotics, virtual reality, coding, 3D modeling and engineering. Over 100 tech companies will help students gain skills, confidence and inspiration to pursue STEM careers.

“When young women can experience technology first hand, they see their potential to create impact in the technology industry,” said Cydni Tetro, […]

2018-01-17T00:02:45-07:00
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