Conference to Address Workforce Gender Inequality and Bias

September 19, 2019

The Women’s Technology Council at New York Institute of Technology will host an important conference focusing on the challenges faced by women and minorities in STEM fields. “Tech Workforce of the Future: Women and Minorities,” will take place on September 26 at the university’s New York City campus and will feature critical discussions on solutions to bridge the gender gap and resolve cross-cultural and unconscious biases.

Panelists and guest speakers, including past and present leaders from IBM Global Security, Coca-Cola, Cisco, and other notable organizations, will share perspectives on leveling the corporate playing field. Keynote speakers include:

  • Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D., President, New York Institute of Technology;
  • Edie Weiner, President and CEO, The Future Hunters;
  • Jonathan Dambrot, Entrepreneur, and Growth CEO, Founder, and Board Member;
  • Catherine A. Allen, New York Institute of Technology Trustee and Founder and CEO, The Santa Fe Group.

The event’s four panels will focus on research on gender and minorities, new careers and technology, leadership in business and entrepreneurship, and the career needs of millennials and Gen Z. Panelists include esteemed New York Tech alumni including Juuhi Ahuja (M.B.A. ’92), founder and CEO of Wise Men Consultants; Laurie Cantileno-Lillis (B.S. ’85), customer success director, Cisco Systems; Daniel Ferrara (D.O. ’86), northeast regional president of Alteon Health and New York Institute of Technology Trustee; and Deborah Verderame (B.S.A.T. ’83), principal, president, Verderame Cale Architecture, PLLC. In addition, student Noshin Raisa (Class of ’22), who is studying electrical and computer engineering and is president of the university’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, will take part in the discussion on generational career needs. Learn more about the event’s notable speakers.

This is the second conference hosted by the Women’s Technology Council, established earlier this year to empower and inspire others within the New York Tech community and beyond. Leading the event are Allen and Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., vice president for Strategic Communications and External Affairs at New York Tech, who pioneered this initiative.

“Women and minorities need role models, tools, and resources, but most importantly, they need a network,” explains Anid. “Through these discussions, the Women’s Technology Council provides opportunities to address the challenges these underrepresented groups face, while also empowering them to cultivate the necessary connections they need to succeed and advance.”

“In the fields of cybersecurity, data science, and risk management, we are seeing unfilled positions and demand for talent and certifications, as well as promising career paths for young people. The same is true in medtech, fintech, AI and other emerging technologies,” says Allen. “The need for diversity in these fields as well as in every workplace is critical. Our efforts with the Women’s Technology Council are to create avenues, pipelines, and mentoring to help women be successful. New York Institute of Technology is at the leading edge in doing this and I commend President Foley, Vice President Anid and the Board of Trustees for envisioning and supporting this effort.”

This is a free of charge, public event that requires registration: R.S.V.P. For more information, visit the Women’s Technology Council event page.

About New York Institute of Technology

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