When women with technical minds and enthusiasm gather together on a regular basis, you can feel the energy they create together.
Last spring, Softec, a local non-profit organization that describes themselves as “Serving the Tech Businesses, Geeks, Makers and Entrepreneurs of the Central Coast,” hosted one of their quarterly dinners. The event dinner was normal; the topic was not. Four female representatives from across the tech world—Amazon, Mindbody, STEM education, and Biotech—spoke to a sold-out room of more than 200 people about Women in Technology. The event showed that this is an important, as well as fascinating, subject.
The panel and subsequent Q&A encouraged all in attendance with the interesting pathways of making a great career in the Tech World – the intellectual stimulation, the struggle and the fun.
Spring boarding off Softec’s successful dinner, a group of local women started meeting monthly. The conversations—sponsored under the Softec umbrella—range from brainstorming how to help girls of all ages embrace a tech career to sharing personal stories about how we landed in a (traditionally) masculine profession. We also network to fill job openings and trade great ideas.
The goal is to trade ideas, talk shop, and perhaps show upcoming generations that women in tech isn’t just a far off dream, it’s a thing.
The results are exciting!
“Our newest interest group, Women in Technology, had a great first meeting. There were so many talents, business backgrounds, and awesome energy,” said Softec President Joshua Erdman.
Women in Technology meet for a casual, buy-your-own, breakfast on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8 am – 9:30 am at Whole Foods Market in SLO. It’s a great starting place to meet others in our industry. And, if morning doesn’t work for you, we are contemplating adding in a “Wine Time” evening gathering. Stay tuned!
For more information, visit the Women in Tech page (http://softec.org/groups/women-in-technology/).