Woman in Tech of the Week (12/21/16)
Jocelyn DeGance Graham, Founder, CloudNOW
There has been a mission across science and technology educators and employers to get more women to study and pursue careers in technology. The fact is that only 26 percent of the female workforce has a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-related job, as opposed to 74 percent of males. Women represent 47 percent of the workforce, and ignoring the disparity is not an option.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for workers in computer and mathematical occupations will see 13 percent growth by 2024. Software developers will see increased employment opportunities in the high 20- to low 30-percent range, with healthcare being one of the leading sectors.
Reports indicate that female high school students are less likely than their male classmates to set their sights on a college major or career in STEM (15 percent vs. 44 percent, respectively). Another harsh reality is that only 12 percent of women will graduate with a degree in science and only three percent work in STEM-related fields for less than 10 years.
Combating this issue on a few fronts is Jocelyn DeGance Graham, founder of CloudNOW (Cloud- Network Of Women), a non-profit consortium of leading women in cloud computing and converging technologies. DeGance Graham said the organization has one mission: to connect women in cloud, and there are no “ulterior motives” behind CloudNOW. She believes that this pure intent is the contributing factor to CloudNOW’s growing success.
This week, theCUBE spotlights Jocelyn DeGance Graham in our Women in Tech feature.
Be sure to follow Jocelyn on Twitter (@), and check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the CloudNOW – 5th Annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Innovation Awards.