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Where Have all The Women Gone? #WomenInTech

November 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


In 1985, 37% of computer science bachelor degree recipients in the U.S. were women. By 2016, that number had dropped to 19%.* In Vermont, it’s even lower: a scant 14% of computer science program graduates from UVM and Vermont state colleges identify as female.** Those declining numbers play out in the workforce: in 2017, only 26% of all professional computing occupations were held by women. And the percentage of women in leadership positions in technology is small, and it isn’t growing very quickly. What’s going on here?

The technology industry is expanding. The gender wage gap in computer science, engineering and other tech fields is low. And employers are eager to diversify their workforce and recruit more women. PLUS tech jobs often provide good benefits, flexibility and opportunities to work remotely which are all a proven advantage to working women, especially in a small, rural state like Vermont.

Come listen to our panel of professional women in technology careers tell their stories. Find out how they got where they are today, what some of the obstacles were along the way and how they overcame those obstacles. Engage in conversation about what it means to be a woman in tech and what it takes to get there.

Our panelists include:
– Sam Roach-Gerber of Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET).
– Lisa Dion, Professor in the University of Vermont Computer Science department.
– C.D. Mattison, Principal UX Architect & Designer at Social Sentinel, Inc.
– Meghan Purvis, Scrum Master at Dealer.com/Cox Automotive, Inc.

Read panelist bios on the event website.

Bring a lunch, listen, learn, share, and network with women in our community. The program closes at 1:15pm with time for participants’ announcements (job openings, services available, upcoming events…). The space is available until 1:30pm for informal networking.

We ask for a $5-$15 sliding scale donation at the door—credit card, cash or check (payable to Greater Burlington Women’s Forum). Register online here.

Burlington City Hall, Contois Auditorium


Burlington City Hall
149 Church St
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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