Compelling Start to 2024 for Women in Tech

Compelling Start to 2024 for Women in Tech

Helen Yu 18/01/2024
Compelling Start to 2024 for Women in Tech

2024 has already witnessed a surge of momentum for women in the tech industry, marking significant strides towards more diversity and inclusivity.

As the tech sector continues to evolve, breaking down barriers and challenging traditional norms, women are playing pivotal roles in shaping the future of technology. From leadership appointments to groundbreaking innovations, the tech landscape is witnessing a compelling start that underscores the growing influence of women in this dynamic industry.

Rising Female Tech Leaders

The tech industry has seen an upswing in the appointment of female leaders to prominent roles. Notably, several major tech companies have welcomed women into key executive positions, breaking the glass ceiling and setting the tone for a more diverse leadership landscape. These appointments reflect a broader industry acknowledgment of the value that diverse perspectives bring to the decision-making process.

The entrepreneurial spirit of women in tech has shone through in the form of groundbreaking startups. Women-led ventures are making waves with innovative solutions and technologies, addressing diverse challenges across industries. The tech startup ecosystem is increasingly recognizing the contributions of women entrepreneurs, fostering an environment that encourages and supports their growth.

On the latest episode of CXO Spice I had an engaging conversation with Sandra Rivera, EVP at Intel Corporation and newly appointed CEO of the Programable Solutions Group (PSG). Sandra’s journey from traditional engineering roles to serving as Intel’s Chief People Officer, leading Intel’s Data Center and AI Group and now leading PSG is a testament to her remarkable evolution within Intel.

Key insights gained from our conversation:

  • Leadership Trajectory: Sandra's 23-year tenure at Intel has seen her steer businesses, drive transformations, and now lead the Programmable Solutions Group which Intel recently started the process of spinning out, marking a pivotal step in her career.

  • Impactful Contributions: Her leadership as Chief People Officer during the pandemic showcased resilience, protecting employees, delivering for customers, and ensuring the continuity of Intel's business and manufacturing operations.

  • Tech Trends & Future Vision: Sandra's enthusiasm for AI's transformative potential is infectious. She emphasized the need for responsible AI deployment, coupled with regulations to safeguard privacy and prevent misinformation.

  • Empowering Women in Tech: Sandra shared invaluable insights into the challenges faced by women in tech, advocating for standing out positively, leaving a lasting impression, and being remembered for contributions even when not in the room.

  • The Future of PSG: The PSG spinoff brings forth an agile, customer-focused entity, leveraging Intel's strength while exploring opportunities in AI, data centers, smart factories, industrial, networking, and more. Sandra's vision for the company's agility and alignment with customer needs is inspiring.

  • Navigating Board Roles: As a board member at Equinix, Sandra emphasized the importance of cultural fit and genuine interest in a company's mission and values when seeking board roles.

  • Looking Ahead: Sandra's optimism for the future of tech and women in leadership shines through her insights. Her emphasis on purpose and Intel's role in positively impacting global technology resonates deeply.

To all aspiring women leaders and tech enthusiasts, Sandra's journey is a beacon of inspiration. Let's embrace diversity, foster innovation, and shape a future that's inclusive and technologically transformative.

More Advancements in AI and Machine Learning

Women are actively contributing to the advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Their involvement in developing cutting-edge algorithms, ethical frameworks, and applications is instrumental in shaping the responsible and inclusive deployment of AI technologies. As AI becomes a cornerstone of various industries, women's contributions are vital for ensuring unbiased and equitable outcomes.

Initiatives aimed at promoting tech education among women have gained momentum. Various organizations and institutions are working towards closing the gender gap in tech by providing educational opportunities, mentorship programs, and resources to aspiring female technologists. These efforts are crucial for nurturing the next generation of women leaders in technology.

Strong Community Building and Networking

Industry-wide initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion have gained traction. Companies are placing a greater emphasis on creating inclusive workplaces, recognizing that diverse teams drive innovation and better problem-solving. Women's advocacy groups and networks within the tech sector are actively contributing to the conversation, fostering a culture of support and collaboration. Awards and recognitions for women in tech have become more prevalent, shining a spotlight on their achievements and contributions. Celebrating the accomplishments of women in various tech disciplines not only acknowledges their individual successes but also inspires others to pursue careers in technology.

The tech community is witnessing the formation of stronger networks and communities for women professionals. These platforms provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and knowledge-sharing, fostering a sense of community and solidarity among women in tech. Such networks play a crucial role in breaking down isolation and creating pathways for career growth.

The compelling start to 2024 for women in tech underscores the industry's recognition of the invaluable contributions made by women across various domains. From leadership appointments to groundbreaking innovations, women are leaving an indelible mark on the tech landscape. As the industry continues to evolve, the momentum generated at the beginning of this year promises a future where gender diversity is not just an aspiration but a fundamental reality, driving innovation, inclusivity, and success in the dynamic world of technology.

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Helen Yu

Innovation Expert

Helen Yu is a Global Top 20 thought leader in 10 categories, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, internet of things and marketing. She is a Board Director, Fortune 500 Advisor, WSJ Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Keynote Speaker, Top 50 Women in Tech and IBM Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. She is also the Founder & CEO of Tigon Advisory, a CXO-as-a-Service growth accelerator, which multiplies growth opportunities from startups to large enterprises. Helen collaborated with prestigious organizations including Intel, VMware, Salesforce, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone. She is also the author of Ascend Your Start-Up.

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