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Front Row Seat to a Revolution

Front Row Seat to a Revolution

Three years ago I attended my first WWC event where there were 6 attendees. Two years later I spoke at a tech conference for women by women where women were the majority of attendees. What it has been like for me to have a front row seat to a revolution for women in tech.

Jennifer Bland

June 21, 2018
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  1. front row
    seat to a
    revolution
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    JENNIFER BLAND

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  2. Founder Co-Director Co-Director Former Co-Director
    !2
    our founders
    ERICA STANLEY BETH LAING ANGEL BANKS ALICIA CARR

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  3. <25% OF
    STEM
    WORKFORCE
    REASON 1
    Between 2006-2014 the
    number of women
    graduating with a degree in
    CS actually declined
    1 IN 7 DON’T
    WORK IN
    THAT FIELD
    REASON 2
    Even when a woman
    manages to get a STEM
    degree they are less likely to
    work in that field
    INTEREST IN
    STEM
    DECLINES
    REASON 4
    64% would consider STEM in
    school. Only 30% study at
    university. Only 3% of grads
    list tech career as 1st choice
    ONLY 27%
    CONSIDER
    CAREER IN
    STEM
    REASON 3
    The STEM gender gap starts
    young. Only 27% of female
    students would consider a
    career in technology
    why a revolution?
    !3

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  4. CHAPTER No.
    1
    Some
    background
    !4

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  5. DATE: January 2015
    !5
    CITY: Atlanta, GA
    LOCATION: ThoughtWorks
    revolution already in progress

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  6. LIVE LIFE
    UNCHAINED
    !6

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  7. CHAPTER No.
    2
    revolution
    gains ground
    !7

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  8. CUSTOM RECOGNITION
    WRITING ARTICLES
    JOBS
    HELPING OTHERS
    SPEAKING
    CREATING PRODUCTS
    SCHOLARSHIPS
    CODING BOOTCAMP
    our circle of excellence
    !8

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  9. time to be brave
    and start taking a
    chance on yourself
    !9

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  10. graduated from General
    Assembly coding
    bootcamp
    graduated from General
    Assembly coding
    bootcamp
    !1 0
    coding bootcamp
    DANIELLE BOWMAN BETH LAING ANGEL BANKS ANN VU
    completed the Project
    Management course at
    General Assembly
    graduated from 1st cohort
    at UCF coding bootcamp

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  11. !1 1
    Coding bootcamp
    BRITNEY GATES AUDORA CHALKER MARIEN SCOTT GRACE BELANGIA
    graduated from 1st cohort
    at clubhouse.se coding
    bootcamp
    is attending WozU Coding
    Bootcamp
    created a coding
    bootcamp in Augusta, GA
    completed CodeSchool’s
    Web Development Track

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  12. HEATHER ROSENBERG
    ANDREA AIRALL
    SHELL KELL
    ASHTINE TAPANESE
    TAN LUI
    LESLIE CACEDA
    JAYME MARSHALL
    GATINA FOY
    !1 2
    General Assembly
    NEEDA MEHMUD

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  13. NING YUAN
    VALARIE THOMAS
    ELIZABETH GULSBY
    PORSCHA JOHNSON
    CONNIE
    ANNA SEDLAR
    IRENE ZHAO
    !1 3
    DIGITAL CRAFTS

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  14. MONE’T FULGHAM
    JULIE FREDRICKSON
    MATHILDE MOUW
    IVY RUEB
    SWATI SALUJA
    STEPHANIE CHAMBLEE
    HAZEL DOCTOR
    NICCI WILLIAMS
    !1 4
    THINKFUL
    LAURA BATSON

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  15. MELANIE HEINS
    LAUREN SPENCER
    SAFIYYA SHARIF
    ALICIA BARRETT
    KIMBERLY OWENS
    SHIRLETTE CHAMBERS
    CASHUNA MARSHALL
    VALARIA REGAS
    !1 5
    GEORGIA TECH

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  16. MELANIE HEINS
    SARAH SHELDEN
    SAMANTHA FLAGLER
    KAVODEL LASODE
    HEATHER KNOWLTON
    SHIRLETTE CHAMBERS
    BINH CHUNG
    NORIAH WILLIAMS
    !1 6
    GEORGIA TECH

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  17. CARISSA FELDER
    !1 7
    CAREER CODE ACADEMY

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  18. SHERRI MITCHELL
    !1 8
    the iron yard

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  19. !1 9
    CODING BOOTCAMP
    54

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  20. !2 0

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  21. CHAPTER No.
    3
    fruits of the
    revolution
    !2 1

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  22. KANAN PATEL
    WERE ON THE WINNING TEAM FOR THE
    FINTECH HACKATHON.
    THE TEAM WON $6,000 FOR BEST USE
    OF THE API
    MARISSA SWANSON
    !2 2
    hackathon

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  23. TEAM WON HONORABLE MENTION AT
    THE MARTA HACKATHON
    ANN VU
    !2 3
    hackathon

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  24. TEAM SELECTED AS FINALIST IN AT&T C3
    HACKATHON COMPETITION
    ANN VU
    !2 4
    hackathon
    BRITTANI SMALLS

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  25. TEAM WON THE HEALTHCARE HACKATHON
    AMBER KELLER
    !2 5
    hackathon

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  26. WWCodeATL 2016 Hackathon Winners
    !2 6
    hackathon

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  27. CHAPTER No.
    4
    is the
    revolution
    accomplishing
    its goal?
    !2 7

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  28. ALICIA
    BARRETT
    Juice Analytics
    IRENE ZHAO
    Big Nerd Ranch
    NOELLE
    BARBER
    CallRail
    ADELE
    FRANCOIS
    Fiserv
    INTERNSHIP
    !2 8

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  29. AUDORA CHALKER
    got a job at Cox
    ANNA SEDLAR
    got first job at Big Nerd Ranch
    DEEANN KENDRICK
    got first job as Software Engineer at
    startup Ten.O
    ANGEL BANKS
    promoted to Sr. Application Analyst
    at FirstData
    DANEEZ OWAIS
    promoted to Product Management
    for a telehealth company
    NIYA PANEMDANAM
    got ew job as Frontend developer
    at Vehicle Media
    WHITLEY BACON
    promoted to Sr Software Engineer at
    HomeDepot
    Ellen Sun
    got first job at IgnitionOne
    !2 9
    job in tech

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  30. ASHTINE TAPANESE
    got first job as a QA Analyst at
    Calendly
    Jayme Marhall
    got her first job in tech
    MEGAN DOLLAR
    got first job as Frontend Developer at
    the Creative Group
    LAURA BATSON
    got first job with startup ThingTech
    ALICIA BARRETT
    got a job with SalesLoft
    DANEEZ OWAIS
    accepted a new job at MailChimp
    DANIELLE BOWMAN
    got first job as Jr Developer at
    Verizon
    ELIZABETH GULSBY
    got first job as Data Analyst at
    Healthlink Dimensions
    !3 0
    job in tech

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  31. TERRI CHU
    job a job as a Developer at Airbus
    Aerial
    CHELSEA BULLOCK
    was promoted to Senior Researcher
    at IBM
    Jasmynem
    accepted a new part-time digital
    marketing gig
    PRAISE CHIKEZIE
    became webmaster at University of
    West Georgia Radio Station
    LAURA KAJPUST
    got first job as Frontend Developer
    SYDNEY SMITH
    got job as Senior Software
    Developer at CNN
    KACY WEAKLEY
    accepted a new job at MailChimp
    Irene Zhao
    got first job as Software Engineer
    with Insiten
    !3 1
    job in tech

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  32. Shirelette Chambers
    got first job at Riskalyze
    MARIE FIBEY
    got job as Solutions Engineer for
    Workforce Management
    MEGAN TIU
    was promoted to Sr Developer at
    CallRail
    CECILI REED
    got new job as a Software Engineer at
    NCR
    RACHEL KAHN
    got job as Frontend Developer with
    Primal Screen
    CAHSUNA MARSHALL
    got job with Vizzia Technologies
    ALLISON HIGGINS
    got job at Cisco Systems
    Valarie Regas
    got first job as Jr DevOps Engineer at
    Airbus Aerial
    !3 2
    job in tech
    BETH LAING
    got job at CNN

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  33. CHAPTER No.
    5
    The Conference
    for women
    by women
    !3 3

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  34. !3 4
    WE rise Conference

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  35. !3 5

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  36. !3 6

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  37. Revolution’s impact
    !3 7
    The true measure
    of your worth
    includes all the
    benefits that others
    have gained from
    your success
    CULLEN HIGHTOWER

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  38. LIVE LIFE
    UNCHAINED
    !3 8

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    TRAINING
    help me
    help you
    [email protected]

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    training
    for all
    WWW.JENNIFERBLAND.COM

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    seat to a
    revolution
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    JENNIFER BLAND

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