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Women in Technology | Diversity = Creativity

It’s no secret that there’s a gender disparity in the tech sector. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, only 3% of tech entrepreneurs are female, and only 6% of CEO positions at the top 100 tech companies are held by women. Yet stats also reveal that woman-owned tech companies get a 35% higher investment return than male.

Although gender equality remains a global challenge, glass ceilings are beginning to break. The tech industry is becoming much more self-conscious about its diversity issues and have begun to make positive strides toward fixing them.

As our world continues to be driven by innovations in technology, we need more women driving tech. Closing the gender gap will improve creativity, productivity and performance. Listed below are a few of the women leaders we admire.

Catherine Bracy speaker [Official]

Catherine Bracy: helps citizens and governments harness technology to solve community problems.

Esther Dyson speaker

Esther Dyson: serial “start-up nurturer”, regarded as one of the most influential women in tech.

Lisa Gansky speaker

Lisa Gansky: thought leader on how the internet is transforming traditional business models.

 

Hung Huang speaker

Hung Huang: leading social commentator and media mogul, referred to as “the Oprah of China”.

Aleks Krotoski speaker

Aleks Krotoski: journalist and host of the Guardian newspaper’s award-winning “Tech Weekly” podcast.

Elle Luna Speaker

Elle Luna: former designer at IDEO, and author of “The Crossroads of Should and Must” (2015).

Julie Meyer speaker [Official]

Julie Meyer: leading investor and entrepreneur in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses.

Kathryn Parsons speaker

Kathryn Parsons: founder of Decoded (2011), driving the agenda for including coding on the curriculum.

Erin Teague Speaker

Erin Teague: Yahoo’s Director of Product Management, on Business Insider’s “Silicon Valley 100” (2014).

Genevieve Thiers speaker

Genevieve Theirs: founder of Sittercity.com (2001), and active campaigner for greater diversity in tech.

 

 

 

 

Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where “everything is a remix”

Our State-side friends have been raving to us about Kirby Ferguson. Based in New York, Kirby is a writer, director and film maker whose series, “Everything is a Remix”, has found a growing following on the idea that creativity is not the divinely inspired genius of individuals, but rather an incremental process which, over time, sees great ideas and innovations feed news ones.

As a result, argues Kirby, creativity is much more collaborative and overlapping than we’d like to think. He believes that remixing relates to every aspect of creativity, and producing new materials comes from taking ideas from the past. Have a look at Kirby’s 2012 TED Global talk, in which he uses, among others, Bob Dylan and Steve Jobs to explore his thesis to compelling effect.

Kirby’s next work, “This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory”, will attempt to explore how US politics came to be the way they are. On The Media describe the series as “interesting, well researched, and visually delightful.”
For more information on how to book Kirby Ferguson as a speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Jeana Webster at jeana@chartwellspeakers.com or call on +1 972 385 1021.

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