Author: Beth Hoeg, President of the Board of Women in Technology of Tennessee
I was thrilled to join forces with fellow IT colleagues and the NTC to advocate in Washington, D.C. on February 9-10, to speak with Members of Congress about the issue of a more diverse technical workforce.
Innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy, and our leaders should prioritize issues that affect diversity in the workplace. While in Washington I visited the offices of US Senators Alexander and Corker to discuss workforce development, cybersecurity, broadband communications and digital privacy—all policies that have a central impact on our industry. These legislative issues are key ingredients for helping technology firms become more competitive. Of specific importance to me is the topic of workforce development because WiTT advocates for programs to encourage young women to pursue careers in technology and to insure they remain in that field after entering the workforce.
The annual “fly-in” is organized by CompTIA to advocate on behalf of the tech community. CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, represents technology companies of all sizes and is committed to expanding market opportunities and driving competitiveness of the U.S. technology industry around the world. Innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy, and I was excited to join fellow NTC members to raise issues that affect Women in Technology with our representative leaders in Congress.
about Beth Hoeg
Beth has more than 20 years of experience in leading technology and organizational improvement initiatives and has overseen internal operations and all professional service engagements at Trinisys since 2009. Beth serves as the President of the board of the Women in Technology of TN (WITT). WiTT provides a forum to empower women in technology through education, outreach, mentoring, and networking. WiTTs mission is to provide technology leadership to women, whether in the corporate arena, as entrepreneurs or in academia; to provide options for women in technology to “give back” through community involvement; and the encouragement of young women to pursue careers in science and technology.