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Refusing to Break: Lessons Learned From My First Job in Tech

While most members of the predominantly male tech industry are supportive of female professionals, some still act in ways that isolate women.

Join today's speaker, Melanie Rich-Wittrig, a writer, security nerd and aerialist of SecurityCandy.com as she talks about her experiences early on in her career in tech. Find out how confronting a hostile situation has made her stronger. This talk will cover challenges that women are facing and the most effective strategies to overcome these challenges.

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Melanie Rich-Wittrig is the creator of SecurityCandy.com and is studying Information Security at Carnegie Mellon University. She worked as a systems administrator for a couple of years after earning her BS in Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. Now, she focuses on making cybersecurity education more accessible and attractive to diverse groups of children.
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Women make up only 37% of the tech workforce at entry level, and this percentage drops with each incremental advance in their careers. This series will outline the current state of the industry, the challenges women are facing in their careers, as well as shed light on the opportunities that are opening up for women in tech.

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