Fifth Annual Women in Technology Event: “Seeing Herself There”

Market Street Talent is co-hosting the fifth annual Women in Technology event on Tuesday, October 9th in downtown Portsmouth! Join us for an evening of networking, career development and community. Our team is passionate about increasing diversity in the tech field, and we’re excited to spread the word about what’s on tap for this year’s event.

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STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are growing faster than any other sector of our economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can expect to see an increase of 17% in STEM jobs between 2014 and 2024 compared to a 12% increase in non-STEM jobs. Employers across the country are experiencing a technical talent gap, and New Hampshire is certainly not exempt from this, especially with our current low unemployment rate. Women account for 46.8% of the national workforce, and that number is trending upward as Generation Z begins their careers. Yet more than half of all girls surveyed by the Girl Scout Research Institute – 57% to be exact – say that a career in STEM isn’t something they consider typical for girls. Research continues to emerge about the deficit of women technologists, and lack of representation is at the top of the list.

The Women in Technology series began in 2014 with an event focusing on the general state of women in the technology field, and was successful enough that the organizers decided to put together another installment. Fast-forward to 2018, and while progress has been made encouraging girls and women to follow their interests and strengths to careers in STEM fields, we still have a long way to go.

This year’s theme, “Seeing Herself There,” represents the importance of role models and mentors to young women entering STEM fields. Without other women to look toward, it is difficult for women to see themselves in the roles to which they aspire. Gaynelle Swann, engineer and STEM Inclusion advocate, will present the keynote address, highlighting ways she worked to “see herself there” throughout a career being underrepresented within her many systems and electrical engineering roles. Small-group discussions will then be facilitated by students in STEM from the University of NH, Saint Anselm College and area high schools. The event seeks to build formal and informal community for women technologists while broadening networks across industries.

The 2018 Women in Tech event starts at 5PM and will wrap up around 7PM at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. It’s free to attend, and there will be refreshments by Portsmouth’s newest taco bar, Barrio! For more information and to register, contact Market Street Talent at (603) 431-0070 or at
WIT@marketstreettalent.com.

Market Street Talent is a technical staffing firm based in Portsmouth, NH. We see firsthand the desire for a diverse workforce, and understand the challenge in recruiting well-qualified candidates of every background. Embracing our role as community partners, we have spearheaded the Women in Tech effort since 2014 to encourage greater dialogue and networking opportunities for women interested in technology careers or who want to share their knowledge of the field with others. Our team is especially passionate about encouraging girls to see and pursue their potential in STEM fields. We hope to meet you at this year’s WIT event!

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