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Dec 4, 2020

The biggest hurdle for women in tech "Is the same underpinnings of many of the other challenges we face in our society: fear and power…Computer science was…created by the women…to do the things these women were doing. And that was thought to be clerical, until all of a sudden the power of it was recognized by the men and that’s when that power shift occurred.”

Brenda Darden Wilkerson on Green Connections Radio podcast

Women in technology fields – and STEM fields more broadly – face a variety of challenges, but they also have a lot of opportunities today. They are more in demand. There are more training programs, and there are more resources available to them.

One of those resources is the famed Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, which is the founder of the prestigious Grace Hopper Conference attended by about 26,000 people every year. Listen to Brenda Darden Wilkerson, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute talk about these challenges and opportunities – and tell some great stories – in this truly engaging and entertaining interview with Joan Michelson on Green Connections Radio podcast.

Grab a notepad and pen, or your laptop to take notes, because you'll hear:

  • Specific career insights for all of us, especially for women in tech.
  • Tips for organizations seeking to recruit and retain more women in STEM.
  • How we women can get in our own way – like how she nearly missed out on this job
  • How she went from an educator to a CEO.
  • And more career tips for working in tech at any age and stage.

And so much more!

"Be willing to be an intrapreneur… Bring your passion for what needs to be fixed, because you’re the one who sees it. Work from where you are….You can work within an organization to do amazing things.“ Brenda Darden Wikerson on Green Connections Radio podcast

Read Joan's Forbes blogs on Brenda's advice for organizations and for women too.

You’ll also like:

  • Barbara Whye, new Chief Diversity Officer of Apple, formerly CDO and VP of HR at Intel.
  • Telle Whitney, former CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, cofounder of Grace Hopper Conference
  • Mary Snapp, Corporate VP of Microsoft, CEO of Microsoft Philanthropies and Diversity Leader
  • Sophie Vandebroek, COO of IBM Research, former CTO of Xerox and President of their Innovation Unit

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