WOMEN OF COLOR IN TECH

Women of Color in Tech Tour powered by Comcast

Powered by Comcast, the Women of Color in Tech Tour brings together leading women in business and technology for thought-provoking conversations, networking, and connections. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency, the event showcased multicultural women in technology while exploring opportunities for minority women entrepreneurs to grow their entrepreneurial endeavors.

According to The Muse, only 28 percent of software jobs and 25 percent of IT jobs are held by women. Even more shockingly, women hold only 11 percent of executive positions in Silicon Valley and own only 5 percent of startups. Those numbers dwindle even lower when it comes to women of color. Moreover, Hispanic women make up less than 1 percent of tech leadership positions in the country and Black women make up less than 0.5 percent. While diversity in tech is a national issue, the Women of Color in Tech Tour highlights multicultural women entrepreneurs and tech leaders doing business in the STEM space that are currently challenging these figures.

WALKER’S LEGACY WOMEN OF COLOR IN TECH TOUR – HOUSTON

Diversity in STEM is prevalent in Houston where innovation thrives! The city was named the No. 6 market for diversity among the tech hubs considered. In Houston’s metropolitan area, 15 percent are Hispanic and 14 percent are Black in the tech arena. Held on May 2, the program featured Fireside Chat Speaker, Nikia Green from Comcast. The panelists candidly shared their experiences in the tech space with the audience.

WALKER’S LEGACY WOMEN OF COLOR IN TECH TOUR – DETROIT

With a city population that is nearly 80 percent Black, the tech industry is still made up of 85 percent white men. Held on June 6, the program featured Fireside Chat Speaker, Dana Wilson with Comcast. Lack of diversity in tech is a national issue in the United States, but the Detroit panelists spoke truth to power on relevant issues and identified ways to increase tech diversity in the city.

WALKER’S LEGACY WOMEN OF COLOR IN TECH TOUR – ATLANTA

Held on September 17, the program featured Fireside Chat Speaker, Burunda Prince-Jones, Managing Director with “The Farm” Boomtown Accelerator sponsored by Comcast. In Atlanta, the tech workforce is 20.6 percent Black and 2.8 percent Hispanic. The women in this panel are reinventing and changing the ways we see diversity in technology.

WALKER’S LEGACY WOMEN OF COLOR IN TECH TOUR – PHILADEPHIA

Philly ranks 2nd in best cities for STEM diversity. However, when it comes to tech leadership positions nationwide, Hispanic women make up less 1 percent and Black women make up less than 0.5 percent. Held on October 10, the program featured Fireside Chat Speaker, Kyree Holmes with Comcast. Philadelphia’s event highlighted tech leaders and entrepreneurs currently challenging the status quo.