With cloud expected to be the majority of IT spend in 2016, it is more important than ever that every demographic in the technology sector prepare themselves for this new epoch. To that end, Cloud Summit devotes a general session for women in technology to meet and exchange experiences, ideas and thoughts on how to bring more women into this growing and exciting area of technology to become Women of the Cloud.
Hundreds of Cloud Summit 2016 attendees flooded the Grand Sonoran room at the JW Marriott in Phoenix today for this increasingly popular forum. IDC’s Melanie Posey led the panel discussion, which focused around the current landscape of women in the male-dominated IT field and ways to position more women for success within it.
The panel, which featured leading cloud executives, including Ingram Micro’s Kellie Green, Cisco’s Nancy Jo Thomas, and Telecom Italia Group’s Carolina Ramirez, offered insight and shared personal workplace experiences on how they were able to break the barriers and succeed as a female in technology.
The room was filled with engagement, open discussion, and audience reaction. Questions and chatter quickly filled the room with many voicing one similar notion: “Women should help each other out.”
Green stated, “We have passed the stage of identifying the issue, and now it’s time to debug and close the gender gap that persists in the tech industry.”
When the session ended, the attendees left with new contacts, new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Cloud is an area full of opportunities for females to seize, and this event truly set the pace for change and progression. Did you attend the Women of the Cloud forum? What are your ideas to raise more women to the cloud? Let us know in the comments below!
Reported on by Danielle Gaut. Co-written by René S. Garcia, Jr.