Women in the tech industry average only about 30 percent of the workforce. Many organizations aim to increase that percentage. In this issue, we report on what Ericsson, Verizon, and VMware are doing to expand their female workforce.
IEEE Women in Engineering, in terms of membership, is the largest international professional group dedicated to encouraging women and girls to become engineers and scientists. But in recent years it has faced declining membership, a lack of visibility among high-tech companies, and other challenges. We describe the progress of WIE’s 2014 strategic plan to meet those challenges, and to provide women the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.
We’ve also asked preuniversity girls what would pique their interest in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). And we profile three women who are IEEE volunteers and role models in their fields, as well an IEEE Fellow who blazed a trail for female scientists in Antarctica. The report also includes tips for how women can manage their career and their personal life, plus what one member did to strike a comfortable work-life balance.
Ericsson, Verizon, and VMware have developed programs centered on women
She launched a business that gave her more time to spend with her family
Human resources exec provides tips to achieve fulfillment in the office and at home
Webinars, travel grants, and e-books among the tools available
Irene Peden was the first woman to set foot in the continent's interior
Partnerships with industry and leadership conferences are some of its keys to success
Leadership training, technical workshops, and STEM activities fuel the growth
They are organizing community outreach projects and increasing IEEE membership
Interviews with preuniversity students get their take on the field
Conferences focus on leadership skills, entrepreneurship, and innovation
This IEEE member is a part of the Solar Impulse 2 team
Interviewing candidates through avatars could help more women land tech jobs