By Mark Tullis | Posted - Feb 10th, 2023





Utah Tech Leaders Discuss the State of Women in Tech (Part I)

Founded in 2007, Women Tech Council (WTC) is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in the technology sector. The organization offers programs at every stage of the talent pipeline, from high school to the board room and provides mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to thousands of women and men working in the technology sector to create business environments focused on inclusivity and high performance.

This year TechBuzz News and WTC will publish a series of roundtable discussions involving Utah tech leaders exploring important topics of the day. The topic of the first roundtable discussion is The State of Women in Tech. 

In this roundtable, Cydni Tetro, WTC President and Brandless CEO, lead a conversation about 'the state of women in tech' with eight Utah tech leaders, each bringing a unique perspective on the state of women in tech companies and sharing their own insights and observations on issues such as childcare, women entrepreneurship, women in STEM, education, retraining, and more.

Participants in the roundtable discussion are:

  • Maile Keone—President and CEO, Listen Technologies
  • Jim Nye—Chief Product Officer, Vivint
  • Jason Taylor—CTO, Entrata
  • Nicole Neumarker—EVP, Development & Innovation, Cotiviti
  • Jennifer Smith—EVP, ZionsBancorporation
  • Julie Simmons—CIO, Swire Coca-Cola
  • Wendy Steinle—CMO, Domo
  • Vance Checketts—COO, Built for Teams

Part I begins with an an overview of 2022 and major themes from that year affecting women in the workplace. Topics include:

  • Childcare for both mothers and fathers
  • Remote and hybrid work
  • Paternity leave and the role of fathers
  • Support and career development
  • Utah as a location for work when employed by companies outside of the state
  • The impact of COVID on women and their careers: the acceleration of women in management positions, why women are leaving companies, and how women are spending their time
  • Women in STEM majors in college
  • The #MeToo movement
  • Retooling and retraining programs
  • Why women will stay in the workforce
  • Avoiding "going backwards" in 2023; not disrupting the success to date
  • Forming support communities
  • Strategies and priorities
  • How to get more women starting businesses
  • The role of budgets and education programs
  • Hiring and retention
  • Coordination of women-supportive programs across the tech sector
  • The role of K-12 education

Part II will be published soon.

Mark Tullis
About the Author

Mark Tullis - Mark is Co-founder and Editor of TechBuzz News. Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Mark attended Weber State, Brigham Young, and Tufts Universities. He has been involved in tech, media, publishing and education since the 1980s. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and playing the saxophone.



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