According to a study done by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, “women made up 57% of all professional occupations in 2015, yet they only held 25% of all computing occupations.” While the the tech industry continues to make strides in increasing the number of women in tech positions, the industry has continued to be dominated by a homogenous group of people for decades. This data unfortunately also does not represent the marginalized groups and constant underrepresentation for women of color in tech jobs. Despite the growth of STEM jobs outpacing the growth of employment in this country, Latina women only make up 1% of this workforce, African American women 3%, and Asian women making up 5%.
This month we will have the opportunity to speak with Miss Lilibeth Gangas. Lili is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. The Kapor family of organizations work to “remove barriers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and tech careers for underrepresented people of color. Lili’s work is “centered at the intersection of technology, economic justice, and action driven partnerships to tackle pressing social and economic inequities of underrepresented communities head-on.” She is a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions at the federal level. In addition to that she is also a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili has been recognized as SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Business, SF Business Times 40 Under 40, and is also an MBA lecturer at Mills College.
In this Walker’s Legacy Latina Masterclass, we will get the chance to talk more about Lili’s work and areas of focus. We will touch on topics discussing the progress for multicultural women in senior roles, and what does intersectionality mean in the tech world. Climbing the ladder and paving the way for others demands a lot, and in this multifaceted journey it is important the biggest opportunity for evolution stems from diversity and inclusion. Grab your cafecito, or tea and join us for an insightful discussion on February 25, 2021 from 12 pm – 12:30 (EST) for an insightful discussion on what breaking barriers means in one of the fastest growing industries.