- By Colleen McNamara
Last week, a handful of SweetIQ’s team members hopped on Twitter to discuss tech, leadership and equality for our monthly #SweetIQChat. We’ve been championing the importance of tech equality for a while now, and you may have read our features on our leaders Emilie, Lindsay and Liz. We’re committed to keeping the conversation going, and here’s just a few of the insights SweetIQ’s women covered during our Q&A.
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There’s plenty of buzz around the role of women in tech right now. What do we need to add to the conversation?
Liz: I think we need to add more men to our conversation! Creating alliances instead of divides!
Erika: We need to amplify diverse voices of women in tech! Intersectionality is important.
How do you deal with diversity as a minority in the tech field?
Emilie: By building alliances! It’s the key.
Celine: I make sure people know I’m not any less of a developer because I’m a woman.
Name one person you look up to, and why they’re inspiring.
Kelsea: My sister has always been a fierce advocate for me. It’s not a competition— raising up any woman raises us all.
What’s one piece of advice you have for anyone entering the tech field?
Celine: From a developer with imposter syndrome, stop doubting yourself, you’re as good as anyone else.
Kelsea: In the words of Alice Walker: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
What’s something you’ve done to push the needle in your community?
Erika: I volunteer with @learningcode, a non-profit to teach women coding skills. I recently mentored a 75 yr old woman!
Liz: I kept finding my place at the table & in the conversations. Show women they have a place, and give them room to grow.
Are there online communities you go to for support and guidance?
How do you explain the importance of key diversity to key stakeholders in your company?
Liz: Oof, this one can be tough! Let them know what is happening and get them involved ASAP. Most need to see it to believe it.
Raisa: Sometimes we need to dig a bit deeper into our own organization to figure out what is going on.
Are you seeing the women in tech movement extend to other fields?
Erika: I’m seeing the women in tech movement expand to women in STEM, which is great. We need more women in all tech fiends.
Colleen: Yes — I study journalism, and gender diversity in the newsroom is a major focus of research and discourse analysis.
What’s the greatest success of the Women in Tech movement so far?
Laura: The fact that I work with so many amazing #WomeninTech is already a great success! Let’s keep moving forward.
Liz: I take all of it as a win. When I am expected at the table instead of having to fight for a spot.
Want to read more about Women in Tech? Read our latest feature on the women who inspire us, right here.