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Interop Challenges IT Gender Gap

Interop commits to gender diversity in tech by actively recruiting women speakers and creating a female-friendly conference.

The lack of gender diversity is a problem in the technology industry. The disparity between male and female tech professionals is particularly apparent at technology conferences.

Selena Larson of the Daily Dot recently wrote about the dearth of female award winners at the 2015 Crunchies, and CES came under fire this year for its lack of gender diversity.

Interop is committed to helping close the gender gap in IT and creating a female-friendly conference.

While there’s more to be done, Interop is taking concrete steps to address the gender divide, including actively seeking out female speakers, offering leadership sessions on diversity, and developing networking events for women in IT.

"Diverse talent is a key tenet of business success,” said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. “We're proud to serve as a proponent for the diversity movement in our tech community and will confront the challenges within employees' career development and managements' talent search in an open forum.”

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re highlighting our female-led sessions and programs all week. Below is a partial list of these sessions and programs. To see the full Interop Las Vegas agenda here.

Conference Sessions & Workshops

Ending the Tyranny of Expensive Security Tools: A New Hope

@MrsYisWhy

Techniques of a Network Detective

@DeniseFishburne

Let BI Drive

@BarbaraHorne

DevOps, Mobile Apps & Nordstrom's IT Transformation

@ccourage

The New IT: How Ready Are You?

@jilldyche

Diversity in IT and the Myth of the Talent Gap

@cigoodwi, @BarbaraHorne, @Nunziata_at_IW

Next-Gen Contact Center Technology Trends

@McGeeSmith

Achieving Operational Excellence Through DevOps

@lmacvittie

Cloud Composite Applications And Portable Topologies

@vinothiniraju

Keynotes & Special Programs

Wednesday Keynote: Adobe

@GMFlickinger

Women in Technology Panel Luncheon

@mayerbethany, @BarbaraHorne, @ladyhock, @ccourage, @jjessup44

InformationWeek Conference Women in IT Leadership Networking Breakfast

@Nunziata_at_IW

Interop Las Vegas is April 27 through May 1. Register now to learn the latest technology developments, accelerate your career, and network with your peers in the IT community.

Emily Johnson is the digital content editor for InformationWeek. Prior to this role, Emily worked within UBM America's technology group as an associate editor on their content marketing team. Emily started her career at UBM in 2011 and spent four and a half years in content ... View Full Bio

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Diversity is vital, commend Interop for addressing
With diversity of talent, opinions and backgrounds, an organization becomes more resilient and capable. To shamelessly plug my friend, www.Atipica.co is addressing this head-on in the valley, as are many other great orgs, from STEM camps for girls to the Miss Representation Project, Hack the Hood, and a hundred others.

In my mind it is like nature - business fragility and senility can come from environments of only white bread eating lab rats, a farm that grows all the same overly inbred plant easily susceptible to disease, or people all from the same school. New ideas and "fresh blood" helps companies be agile, creative. There is something to be said for diversity -- though something to be said for comfort level and not merely social engineering, too. Equal opps and encouragement of all individuals, and less pigeon holing, helps us all. Early day growth to latter day maturation and conservatism happens to all human organizations, if it is not watched out for by mindful leadership. 

Of all fields, tech seems one of the more egalitarian to me. No industry can really claim to be "most diverse" - every field is in flux and can change. Thanks Interop. Keep up the good work. 

Ken
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