Tech Inclusion Solution: Day 39: Create Executive Mentoring Opportunities Between Women and Young Girls
100 Solutions to Diversity and Inclusion in tech.
Since the inaugural Tech Inclusion Conference in 2015 we have received and granted over 100+ scholarship applications to attendees. For each scholarship application we ask one simple question “What solutions would you like to see for diversity and inclusion in tech?” Below is a series leading up to the 2016 Tech Inclusion Conference of “100+ Solutions to Diversity and Inclusion in tech”. The Theme for Tech Inclusion 2016 Conference is Inclusive and Sustainable Innovation and will be held October 26th — 27th at the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco. Tech Inclusion Conference is presented by Google for Entrepreneurs. The conference will feature a career fair, a startup showcase and an tech innovation demo hall. Early Bird tickets are on sale now.
Solution: Create Executive Mentoring Opportunities Between Women and Young Girls
As a young woman in the business world, I think the biggest challenge is being underestimated and undervalued/utilized. I have encountered many colleagues, peers, professors who did not expect what I was able to present to the table — and that’s unacceptable. Women are definitely a force — a creative and driven force that continues to innovate and push through adversity they may face.
To help change this stigma, I think it would be best to have more close and personal relationships between young women, young girls, and executive women. I personally did not have a so-called role model to look up to in the business world, and in turn that was another thing I didn’t see as feasible for myself. I believe that through communication and mentoring, we can give young women and young girls the confidence to acknowledge what’s against them in this male-dominated business world and push through — having the confidence to continue to be as successful as they aim to be.
I am mentoring young girls and women, and I think that a mentorship of women in business and young woman/girls will also help in this matter. Building each and every women/girl up will make it easier for them to pursue their dreams without a thought of the challenges they may face because they will surpass them all.
Diversity and Inclusion In Tech Solution Submitted by Jade
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