Women in Technology: Motivation and Momentum

Laura Ramsey | Manager, Oracle Database Developer Communities

Attracting more women into software development and other technical fields will help to fill the global IT job gap that is expected to be as wide as one million jobs by 2020. As the boom for filling these positions ramps up, it could signal a huge shift in the diversity in technical and scientific fields. But, perhaps due to lingering gender bias, or simple oversight, women don’t always see the opportunities in these technical career paths until much later in their educational careers and so the number of qualified candidates may not rise to fill the number of jobs.

Many Oracle ACE Directors and Women in Technology advocates are putting their weight behind getting the word out about the opportunities and career potential in technical fields for women. From hosting Meet-Ups to Girls Who Code events, to supporting CS scholarship programs through regional Oracle User Group management, women like Kellyn Pot’vin Gorman, Natalie Delemar, and Michelle Malcher are working to create greater diversity.

 Another important aspect of building diversity is in building mentoring and sponsorship activities focused on women’s career growth through the information technology ranks. Heli Helskyaho, CEO of Miracle Finland and a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, is one of two mentors recently elected by computer science students at that institution.

Listen to this Oracle Developer Community podcast where Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, Michelle Malcher, Natalie Delemar, and Heli Helskyaho, share insight on what motivated them in their IT careers, and how they lend their expertise and energy to driving momentum in the effort to draw more women into technology.

This panel discussion took place at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on September 18, 2016.

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