Career Advice from 5 Powerful Silicon Valley Women
Sure, I could kick off this article with all sorts of glum stats about the lack of women in top spots in business in general and in the IT fields in particular. Heck, I’ve been in tech since I was 15, so I know it firsthand. I’ll indulge you this one — according to Business Insider, women hold just 11 percent of the executive positions in Silicon Valley tech companies. Blech. It’s bleak, I know.
But it’s getting better.
Want proof? Check out this article from The New Yorker that details the ways the hole in the glass ceiling is getting larger. Yes, there are obvious problems with gender diversity in the tech fields and yes, we have miles to go. But some women have risen to the top and are empowering a new generation of women in the industry with their success.
Jody Vandergriff, the co-founder of WebDAM (the industry-leading cloud-based digital asset management system) says: “Not only does gender equality provide diverse ideas, but it also fosters the next generation of female leaders by providing like-minded role models and mentors that are often instrumental to one’s success.” And she’s right. Women need to help women to succeed. And in that spirit, here’s a look at five of the most influential and inspiring women in Silicon Valley; how they got there and their glass ceiling-shattering advice: