Thursday 4 October 2018
Keynote Presentation 6
Women Aren't Broken, The Tech Industry Is
The tech industry has a major skills gap, with thousands of tech jobs nationwide going unfilled due a lack of skilled workers. While managers struggle to fill these vacancies, women only make up 21% of NZ's tech workforce. We need women to participate in tech to solve our skills gap and help NZ become a global leader in the tech market, so how can we attract women to the tech industry? It's not by asking women to change - women have been given confusing, contradictory advice for decades about how to resolve inequality in the workplace. We're told to "Lean In", speak up (but not too loud), be assertive (but not bossy), what to wear to be "taken seriously", the list is endless. The tech industry itself must change. In this talk, I will draw on my own personal experiences as a teenager, young woman and now adult in the technology industry, as well as deeply researched facts and figures to recommend real actions we in the tech industry can take to make it a fairer, more fulfilling industry to work in, for everybody.
Emily Hay is founder of a Women in Technology group, international speaker and a passionate advocate for empathy, fairness and equality in business.
Emily took an unconventional path into the tech industry after failing to complete high school and initially studying a Childcare diploma in Auckland, New Zealand. Events conspired to bring Emily to her current position as Technical Project Manager managing global implementation projects for a tech startup headquartered in San Francisco, and speaking at international conferences, including the largest tech conference in the world, Dreamforce.
Emily believes that the tech industry must be changed in order to attract diverse talent, to fill growing talent gaps and improve the tech products and services that our global communities increasingly rely on.