The Importance of Community for Women in Tech

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Recently, Kansas State University hosted a virtual event titled, “Empowering Women in STEM.” Attendees enjoyed actionable career advice from data engineers, analysts, and keynote speakers while learning from their experiences in navigating a male-dominated industry. Panelists also discussed the importance of building community as women in tech.

“There’s so much room for all of us to succeed in this space. Tech is only getting bigger. There’s only going to be more jobs, which means there’s no point in feeling threatened or insecure, or whatever makes someone feel they shouldn’t lend a hand out to somebody else. Helping someone else is only going to elevate everyone else in the room.” – Erika Tapia, Business Intelligence Analyst. 

Noelle Silver, a top AI Keynote Speaker, spoke about the impact having a community has on women’s longevity in the tech industry.

“The number one way women will stay in tech longer than three years is if there is a community of women or like-minded people that support them… I know that in every second I stay I hold the door open longer for those who will come behind me.

It’s in that community that we are successful and that’s what I think is part of the solution of changing the patterns and DNA of our industry.” 

Watch the Event

Access the free on-demand event to hear more about 

  • How to build and maintain your community
  • How social media can be a great tool for community-building
  • Representation in the tech industry

As true tech lovers, they also discuss

  • Choosing which programming language to learn
  • Emerging data science trends such as Deep Fakes
  • Data science career opportunities
  • and so much more!

Register to watch the full on-demand event 

Connect with our Panelists

Talia Fayaz is a software engineer at YieldStreet and the founder of NYC Coders, an organization that runs data structure & algorithms workshops, holds panels, hackathons, and other events that help bootcamp and university grads land their first job in tech.

Erika Tapia is a Data Analyst at Ideas Collide, a strategic marketing communications firm, where she works primarily on business intelligence efforts utilizing Domo, a modern BI platform, to tell a client’s story through data. 

Noelle Silver is a multi-award-winning technologist who specializes in conversational AI and Voice Technology, Intelligent Apps and Agents, and Responsible AI Practices. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is the Founder of #Lovefluencers and the AI Leadership Institute. She is passionate about Mindful Leadership, authentic personal branding, and the ethical and responsible use of technology in business.

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