By Krischel Crawley
From my perspective, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to work in the technology industry. At Commvault I have the luxury of being connected to companies in industries across the spectrum, from medicine to agriculture and entertainment to aeronautics. It’s that energy and fascination that I hope to share this week at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Bring STEM to Life event.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs in May 2015, representing 6.2 percent of U.S. employment. Computer occupations made up nearly 45 percent and engineers made up an additional 19 percent of STEM employment. And the good news: 93 out of 100 STEM occupations had wages above the national average.
Now for the bad news. Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM positions. Commvault sees that as a real problem. The company has been dedicated to advancing women in technology to ensure that every young woman who has interest has the opportunity to learn about, engage in and move forward in a STEM career.
On Monday, Commvault will be sponsoring the AHA event in Denver, gathering with other local companies interested in empowering young high-school-aged women to explore the exciting options that a career in STEM can offer. More than 75 high school girls from the Denver area are expected for this day-long exploration, bringing STEM to life, and sharing our excitement with the next generation of women in STEM.
The American Heart Association believes it must continue to invest in science with the knowledge that improvements can always be made and transformative information can always be uncovered. Powering the next great medical breakthroughs means empowering young women to take a seat at the table and dedicate their minds to advancing the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
The day-long conference will feature presentations by Kristin Russell, Global President, Intelligent Systems at Arrow Electronics and myself, as well as a panel discussion featuring prominent women in business and academics, highlighting how STEM is integral to the broadest range of career opportunities. In addition, there will be fascinating discussions on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality.