Microsoft Ignite is a special time of the year for Microsoft and Microsoft fans alike. Many new products, features, and updates are highlighted and demonstrated. Last year was my first year attending, and I left the event filled with so much knowledge and inspiration. This year, something unexpected happened. I still gained knowledge and inspiration, but this time it wasn’t about the shiny, new tech they were displaying. This year, I left the conference with a full heart stemming from another source.
The issue of attracting women to science, engineering, and technology (SET) careers has been an ongoing one for several years. Literally, dozens of initiatives have been launched in an attempt to attract women to SET subjects beginning as young as elementary school, and with a great deal of success. However, for all of the progress that SET initiatives have made, the gender gap in IT still remains nearly as wide as ever.