There’s an easy answer to the current IT skills shortage: more women in tech. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, less than 25% of professionals in information systems management are female, yet women comprise more than half the overall workforce.
Of course, just because the answer is easy doesn’t mean getting there is. There are plenty of reasons why women and girls don’t choose a career in technology. Nevertheless, encouraging women to pursue STEM careers and supporting their efforts is an essential step toward achieving parity with other industries. (And filling those unfilled roles!)
Cloud Girls is an organization that has stepped up to do just that:
Cloud Girls is a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit community of female technology advocates. We’re dedicated to educating each other, our organizations and customers about the vast and dynamic cloud ecosystem. By exploring emerging market and technical trends, advocating best practices and building community, we’re fostering female thought leaders in next-generation technology.
Pictured above: Janet Schijns, Member of Cloud Girls and CEO of JS Group (left),
and Alexa Sorice, TierPoint Account Manager (right)
Alexa Sorice Chooses the Path Less Traveled
This week, Alexa Sorice was named a Rising Star by Cloud Girls and the Alliance of Channel Women at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo thanks to her accomplishments and her support of other women in technology. This award was created to honor women in the telecom and IT channel who have shown leadership and innovation in the emerging cloud space as well as to inspire more women to step forward and follow their example. Candidates can be women in sales, marketing or engineering roles at a channel partner organization — agent, VAR or MSP.
Congrats to our 2019 Cloud Girls Award winners: Lorraine Bassett @awscloud, Melanie Sunahara @cyxtera, Cristina Greysman @awscloud, and Alexa Sorice @tierpoint with emcee Janet Schijns @JSGNOW (center) pic.twitter.com/yre6NGiwde— Cloud Girls (@gocloudgirls) April 11, 2019
Sorice may not be what you typically think of when you think of women in tech. In fact, while working on her degree in business and psychology at Rutgers University, Sorice opted to become a preschool teacher. “All my friends were becoming teachers, so it seemed like the thing to do.”
However, Sorice was lucky to have a role model, her father, who allowed her to see a different path. “My dad was in IT my entire life, so even though I didn’t choose to pursue a STEM degree, it was natural to talk about his work with him. I was fascinated by what he did.”
Not wanting to go back to school to get a degree in computer science, Sorice opted for a role in sales that leveraged her business and psychology training. Now, she’s eager to encourage other women as they build their own careers in tech.
“My advice to women who are considering what path to follow is to put a lot of thought into where you want to be in your life and in your career; know what you want for yourself. Make your decisions based on your passions and what drives you, not the opinions or expectations of others. Understand that your journey will require you to step out of your comfort zone more times than you can count. This is especially true for women pursuing a career in IT since there simply aren’t enough of us in this industry. If you stay focused on your path and your passion, determination and work ethic will get you where you want to be.”
Alexa Sorice, Account Executive, TierPoint
Join us in Celebration of Women in Tech at BraveIT
This year at BraveIT, we’ll be hosting an exclusive pre-event called “Women Defying Gravity,” a peer-to-peer networking breakfast in the Intrepid’s Space Shuttle Pavilion and unique AR experience (powered by Microsoft) – which celebrates the women who’ve made critical contributions to the US space program.
Space is limited, and the full pass includes:
- Admission to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Exclusive AM Breakfast & Peer Networking Session, featuring Global CIO/CTO and Author, Rhonda Vetere
- Exclusive Mixed Reality Experience–Powered by Microsoft
- Admission to the BraveIT 2019 networking and thought leadership event
- Networking Lunch with IT Leaders & Exhibitors
- Sunset Cocktail Reception on the Rooftop Flight Deck
About Cloud Girls
Founded in 2011, Cloud Girls is vendor-neutral, not-for-profit community of female technology advocates dedicated to educating themselves, their organizations and customers about the vast and dynamic cloud ecosystem. By exploring emerging market and technical trends, advocating best practices and building community, Cloud Girls is fostering female thought leaders in next-generation technology. For more information, visit www.cloudgirls.org.
About the Alliance of Channel Women
Founded in 2010, the Alliance of Channel Women is a not-for-profit organization of women in the indirect sales channel of the telecom and IT industry. The Alliance of Channel Women brings us together to empower and advance women’s careers and leadership roles in the technology channel through education, community, advocacy and opportunities for personal growth. To learn more and to become a member, please visit www.allianceofchannelwomen.org.