The tide continues to turn for women in business today and the Tech Up For Women conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York shone a spotlight, on both the struggle it’s been to get here as well as the progress that continues to be made.
The one-day conference covered many different areas in a fast moving program, including cyber security, block chain, AI, VR, digital transformation, big data, today’s entrepreneurs, and healthcare technology. The annual event provides resources and opportunities for women to improve their digital literacy and successfully compete and continue to disrupt gender imbalance in work environments. As the organizers explain, “The purpose of the event is to take the fear factor out of technology and empower women to surf the technology wave.”
Among the more intriguing discussions was one featuring Stephanie Smeriglio Latham, Director, Head of Industry, Technology and Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook and Michelle Crossan-Matos - Samsung’s CMO, Corporate Strategy, Transformation and Product Innovation. The two women tackled the subject of gender diversity and took the conversation to the broader topic of the importance of embracing diversity of all kinds.
Samsung’s Crossan-Matos said, “I know I understand the entire world around me far better due to the fact I work with a wide variety of people from all walks of life.” She added that the thought process for many of Samsung’s products is based on that diversity, with the notion that the buying audience is never merely one color or one gender.
According to a recent report titled Building a Blueprint for Action, by research and advisory firm Grant Thornton, the share of women in senior business roles globally is increasing incrementally. In 2019, 29% of senior management roles are held by women, the highest number ever on record. Add to that the encouraging number of 87% of global businesses have at least one woman in a senior management role in 2019.
Tech Up for Women was created to provide a platform to spark new ideas, develop innovations, and unlock resources and applications for new technology. Apparently, as the numbers above suggest, the event is having a positive impact.
CT Lab Global Media's annual event CE Week and Tech UP For Women recently announced a partnership to encourage women to network and engage with technology thought leaders and innovators at their upcoming events. CE Week, a global IFA event, brings together retailers and innovators in the consumer tech marketplace, taking place June 10-11, 2020 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. Tech Up For Women's annual conference takes place in November at the same location in New York and provides resources for women to stay ahead of the technology curve.
Tech Up For Women and CE Week plan to enhance their memberships, conference programs and events through this partnership. Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women, will participate and the organization is now a sponsor of CE Week's Powerful Women in CT panel to be held on June 12. Executives will examine how the industry can improve in the areas of inclusion and equality. Additional panelists will include: Eden Goldberg, VP, marketing and business development, InMotion Entertainment; Alexandra Harding, director, vendor management, IngramMicro; Aparna Behari, head of distribution, Google; and Dawn Pratt, founder of Tech Up For Women. The moderator will be Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies.
"We are delighted to offer our membership the opportunity to attend CE Week so they can hear directly from industry leaders about the latest trends and opportunities in consumer technology," said Pratt.
"We look forward to our association with Tech Up For Women and welcoming them to CE Week where they can explore the exhibit floor and attend the conference program," said Jens Heithecker, IFA Executive Director, organizer of CE Week and Executive Vice President of Messe Berlin. "There's a lot of interest this year about what comes next for 5G network deployments, autonomous vehicles and new personal and home devices."
Tech Up for Women 2020 is all set for November 17, 2020 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York - for more information click here. The 2020 CE Week will be held June 10-11, 2020, also at Javits - click here for more info.