Women, Tech, and STEM – Navigating today’s dynamic, ever-changing job market
As entrepreneurs and technology specialists, our Eugene connections naturally brought us together. We, the writers, come from different backgrounds. Yet our understanding of, and passion for, technology cleared the way for some very interesting topics of discussion. One subject we often talk about is how, as a society and a community, we could do a better job to connect individuals with the communities and resources they need to succeed in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Non-profit aims to help women overcome barriers in tech field
A local non-profit is helping women overcome barriers to join the tech field, working to connect women from all walks of life with the communities and resources they need to succeed in tech careers. It all started with an experiment over a year ago...
Lauren Jerome, founder of Mindbox and Redefining Women in Tech, received a $12,000 grant. Her group is creating interactive video learning events. As Lane County’s three focus industries grow, some other industries might shrink. Jerome would like tech to become an ally to other industries so that they can all grow. That’s what will make the future strong. “Eugene has such a strong sense of collaboration and community pride of working together,” Jerome says. “Tech has an opportunity because there’s so much crossover to help those other industries come along with this evolution. I’d like to see our community help us approach the industrial revolution in a way that’s sustainable to Eugene.”
Redefining Women in Tech (RWIT) is a nonprofit in Eugene that connects women with the communities and resources they need to thrive in tech careers. Lauren Jerome is a mentor-in-residence with RAIN Eugene (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and co-founder of Mindbox Studios, a software and web development studio in Eugene.
Eugene Women In Tech Group Re-imagining Video Events
What started as an experiment to bring women to a conversation about technology has become its own entity. “Redefining Women in Tech” has big plans for the future, including taking advantage of a recent grant.