By Krischel Crawley
In our industry, in business and in many parts of our society today, women’s voices are becoming louder – and they are standing up to be heard. As a female who works in the high-tech industry, I find this change empowering.
However, we have not reached a state where parity among genders is fueling business the way it can – whether in leadership or in technology. We know that women are underrepresented in computer sciences, and sadly, the numbers are declining. Since 1984, the percentage of women graduating with a computer science degree dropped from 37 percent to 24 percent, according to the non-profit organization Girls Who Code.
In addition, while women represent 44 percent of the labor at S&P 500 companies, they hold only 25 percent of leadership positions. On the other hand, the tech sector continues to add jobs at a rapid rate, while studies have proven that gender diversity correlates to stronger business returns (see Diversity Matters, McKinsey Global Report). It is clear successful businesses – those that support the development of women both in technology fields and as future leaders – need our collective efforts and encouragement starting in our local communities.
This is just one reason why I have committed to working as a co-chair of the Bring STEM to Life conference in Denver this fall, along with our partner Arrow. This is the second year Commvault has sponsored this event, hosted by the American Heart Association. Our goal is to inspire 100 high school girls to imagine the possibilities of a career in technology, while simultaneously encouraging them to take a seat at the table in driving the next generation of innovation. In addition, we will continually engage with these young women through year-round mentorships over the course of the school year, pairing them with women who have built strong careers in technology.
Three years ago, Commvault’s WiT initiative was created to empower women and help them develop as leaders and advance their careers. I’m proud of how we continue to drive that support into our communities and the next generation of women in technology.
Continuing the STEM conversation at Commvault GO
This year at Commvault GO – our marquee customer conference being held in Nashville from Oct. 9-11 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Commvault and Arrow will jointly host an exclusive Women in Technology reception. The reception will highlight the efforts of WiT on both national and local levels and provide GO attendees with networking opportunities. We will welcome Women in Technology of Tennessee to discuss the impact they are making in their local community, through initiatives also supporting girls and women entering STEM fields. As part of its mission to support local STEM initiatives, Commvault will donate $2,500 to the Women in Technology Tennessee’s overall scholarship fund.
To round out the evening of celebrations — and with a nod to our local Nashville venue — we’ve invited Allisa Henley, Distiller for Sazarac of Tenessee, to share her career journey as a female leader in the whiskey business, as well as her passion for the science of distilling, to our WiT reception audience.