The gender gap in technology and engineering is drastic: women make up only 11 percent of practicing engineers and 28 percent of tenure-track faculty. To complicate this problem, most current programs designed to support and empower women in STEM career paths are focused solely on college majors and entry-level positions. Once women engineers enter the workforce, approximately 40 percent leave their careers, perhaps due to support dropping off precipitously. IEEE’s Women in Technology Summit, part of the Future of Identity Series at SXSW 2015, gathered some of the best minds in tech for a discussion on how to best support the pipeline of women in technology from classroom to the corner office. IEEE continues to emphasize diversity in leadership, supporting the growth of women in technology long past the closing date of SXSW 2015.
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests to a career in engineering. WIE seeks to facilitate the global recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines by recognizing women’s achievements through IEEE Awards nominations, organizing receptions at major technical conferences to enhance networking, and advocating women in leadership roles in associations and professional environments. Additionally, WIE provides assistance and support to over 355 “affinity groups” worldwide that organize and host diverse activities including guest speakers, workshops, and seminars. WIE also has representatives from each of IEEE’s 45 diverse Societies and Technical Councils, thus reaching many different fields of engineering interest.
Launched in 2014, the IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE-ILC) provides attendees with the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. IEEE WIE-ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women, and will be held this year in San Jose, CA, from 23-25 April. Featuring special events at both the Yammer and Square offices, as well as a number of prominent speakers from top tech companies, IEEE WIE-ILC will reinforce the Women in Technology discussion at SXSW 2015.
With many prominent female members, encompassing women engineers of past and present who have made technological contributions of historical importance and those still yet to come, IEEE’s services provide many opportunities for women in the engineering space.
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