Statistics show that diversity is lacking in today’s technology workforce. According to recent numbers from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women make up only 25% of tech industry employees, down from 36% in 1991. This trend rings true on university campuses; in 2014, only 17% of computer science bachelor’s degrees were earned by female students, down from 37% in 1985.
Opportunity that Scales: Women Advancing the Future of Information Technology in Higher Education is an IT leadership conference that will be held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus on November 7-8, 2016. This one and a half day conference is open to the public.
Keynote speakers include Karen Catlin, Women in Tech advocate, Donde Plowman, UNL’s College of Business Administration Dean and Brad McClain, Social Scientist, National Center for Women in IT. Workshops will be hosted by the noted podcast team, “Women Who Wine in Education.” View the full schedule here.
The event is co-sponsored by University of Nebraska—Lincoln Technology Services and University of Nebraska Online Worldwide.
“I am so pleased that the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide is part of this very important conversation,” said Mary Niemiec, Associate Vice President for Digital Education, Director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide. “We are very grateful to UNL for taking the initiative in bringing us all together.”
Registration is required. Early-bird registration pricing has been extended through Thursday, October 6.