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Challenges & Opportunities for Women in Tech

Join this expert panel in our Women in Tech series to discuss the current state of the industry, where the women in tech community is now and where it needs to be in terms of diversity in tech. In this panel presentation, we'll be highlighting the top challenges barring women from entering tech careers, some of the hurdles in their way as they are climbing up the leadership ladder, as well as potential solutions and learnings from personal and professional experiences.

Moderator:
- Jessica Voss, Cloud Guru & IT Consultant

Panelists:
- Cathy Han, CEO of 42 Technologies Inc.
- Megan Lin, Solutions Architect Team Lead at Dropbox
- Hilary Stone, Support Engineering Manager at MixPanel
Recorded Nov 2 2016 58 mins
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    Applications are due by April 5th, 2017.

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    • Understand what kind of training is provided (length and format)
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    -. Create your own personal vision statement to use as a guide for your career and life
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Rising above the challenges to do amazing things in tech
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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