Women In Tech

women in tech around a computer

A bunch of Competers went to the office warming party at Performable last week and I kept overhearing “Wow, there are a lot of dudes here!” Yes, it’s true that there are more men than women in our field. Why? I don’t know, but I’d like to help change it. Want to learn more about what it’s like to work in tech or are looking for a mentor in Boston? Send me an
email
or connect with me on LinkedIn. I’d love to chat with you and help you get involved in the tech scene. The Girls In Tech group is a great way to get started.

There’s also a new Twitter chat that focuses on women in tech. Follow along the hashtag #WWedsChat and add your commentary. Chats will take place each Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m. ET, beginning February 23, 2011.

Topics:
February 23: Women Graduating From College
March 2: Women Entrepreneurs
March 9: Women Re-entering the Workplace
March 16: Women Seeking Career Culminating Job

Some great women, whom I really respect, to follow on Twitter:
@Pistachio Laura Fitton, CEO/Founder oneforty.com/co-author Twitter for Dummies. She’s also a huge advocate for charity:water, which brings safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

@MarshaCollier Marsha Collier, author of 36 books, New: Online Customer Service http://bit.ly/custsrv / Host Computer & Tech Radio / Co-Founder #CustServ chat/ Social Media Influencer and advocate for women in tech.

@MarketingProfs Ann Handley, Head of content, editor, social media, marketing, great food, good wine, writer: ContentRulesBook.com.

@JuliaRoy Julia Roy, the internet’s most lovable blonde and VP of Marketing at Manilla. Julia and I have known each other since I was at Bliss Spa and she’s helping pave the way for the next generation of women in tech/social media.

@JanedAronica Janet Aronica, community manager at @oneforty and the next Laura Fitton (@pistachio named above). She’s got some amazing drive, dedication, and is a huge advocate for getting more women involved in tech.

Give these ladies a virtual high five and a follow. They’re amazing to follow for business and they’re all good people. Who are the women you respect in the tech space? Leave me a note in the comments section.

About Karen Costa:
As the Online Marketing Specialist at Compete, Karen Costa specializes in the day-to-day online marketing functions for Compete.com-paid search, email marketing, social media, affiliate, etc. Before Karen joined the Compete team she was an online marketing coordinator for Bliss Spa and then worked for a couple of start ups. Karen says, "I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up!" Find Karen on Twitter as vanillabean45 or connect with her on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/karencosta