What Women in Tech Really Think About Being a Woman in Tech

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What gets discussed when women leaders from both government and industry sit down to talk candidly about gender and the federal IT space? FCW, published by 1105 Public Sector Media Group, recently hosted a roundtable discussion to find out.

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The numbers are only the start of the story. We wanted to learn more about the career paths and experiences of women who have lived in that world, and established themselves as IT leaders.

What gets discussed when women leaders from both government and industry sit down to talk candidly about gender and the federal IT space? FCW, published by 1105 Public Sector Media Group, recently hosted a roundtable discussion to find out.

FCW, which for 25 years has driven the conversations that matter in the federal IT community, brought together nine women IT leaders from the public and private sectors for a two-hour discussion in December 2014. Participants included the CIO of the Interior Department, the deputy CIO of the Homeland Security Department and the Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon.

Topics discussed included the challenges that still face women in technology, the importance of creating better on-ramps and the lessons they wish they’d learned sooner. There was also general agreement as to why federal IT can attract top talent despite the obstacles of pay, politics and bureaucracy: it combines the intrigue of new technology with a passion for, as one participant put it, "compelling missions at scale."

“The technology space is notorious for the gender gap in its workforce,” said FCW Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider. “But the numbers are only the start of the story. We wanted to learn more about the career paths and experiences of women who have lived in that world, and established themselves as IT leaders. This was a fantastic group to provide insights into the current and future landscape of the IT industry.”

Highlights of this conversation and the full list of participants can be found in the January 2015 issue of FCW: http://digital.FCW.com.

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FCW’s editorial mission is to provide federal technology executives with the information, insights, and strategies necessary to successfully navigate the complex world of federal business. By providing federal technology executives with the “who” and “what” they need to know to get things done, FCW delivers access to a powerful, hard-to-reach audience that controls the $112B technology purchasing in federal government. http://www.fcw.com

About 1105 Public Sector Media Group
1105 Public Sector Media Group, a division of 1105 Media, Inc., provides information, insight and analysis to the Government IT and Education IT (FED/SLED) sectors. Our content platforms include print, digital, online, events and a broad spectrum of marketing services.

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