Two of the giants in the social media world are joining forces to encourage and mentor women in the fields of engineering and technology. A joint press conference was held recently announcing their planned efforts in colleges across the country:
In an exclusive joint interview with The Associated Press, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn CEO Jeffrey Weiner said they’re launching mentoring and support programs at colleges to get more women involved in studying technology in general, but also as future employees for their companies.
The executives would not disclose how much of a financial commitment they are making, but the investment is different in that it’s more focused on peer groups and a mentoring process already established through Lean In Circles. They hope it will go global, with groups at public and private universities.(full article.)
It is an exciting announcement and one that hopefully other leaders in the industry will support. As I read through the comments at the end of the article, I also discovered additional resources that support women in technology, such as:
We envision a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
We facilitate hands-on technology-centric events to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls. Through our events, we build community, empower participants to see themselves as leaders, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high tech industry.
We want to make it possible for more women to succeed in the workplace, whether that’s climbing the corporate ladder, finding family growth support, or developing skills.
Employers need women Research shows that women lead to better business. Employers with more women at the top outperform financially, and family-friendly policies increase productivity.
ARA aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.
Mentoring is a critical component of assisting our younger generation in preparing for and filling leadership roles in the future. If you are a young woman interested in technology, seek out someone for advice and guidance. Conversely, if you are already in the field, reach out to your local college or university and see how you might be able to assist in a mentoring program.