Judith Bitterli will present a Core Conversation session at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX Feb. 13-16. Her session, “Boardroom or Baby? The Choices Women Have in Tech” takes place at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on March 14 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel Room 407. It’s designed to explore gender issues confronting women in tech jobs and to encourage women to make plans to actively manage their careers and life goals.
“We are at an inflection point. The recent Newsweek cover on ‘What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,’ along with recent research from Harvard to Stanford to Babson College and diversity reporting, brings gender issues out of hibernation and into the forefront once again,” said Bitterli. “These studies underscore the indisputable gap between the career opportunities afforded to women in technology compared to men.
“Advancing careers for women in tech is a topic I’m passionate about. But it’s not enough to just talk about it, we must take action,” Bitterli added. Among key advice she will share: “Don’t work for companies that do not support women – in their policies, practices and programs.”
Bitterli’s session is designed to leave the audience inspired for careers in tech, as well as arm them with tools that will help them navigate career paths and choices – including critical questions they need to ask themselves, and tools to create a career roadmap and work/life plan.
“Many of us carefully plan for our wedding day – a one day event in our lives – but don’t plan for the critical decisions we must make about our careers and our families,” added Bitterli.
Bitterli, who leads marketing and customer services for AVG Technologies, the online security company with more than 197 million active users, has more than 25 years of executive level experience at tech companies, including RealNetworks, Micron, SoftBank and CompuAdd. She is also an entrepreneur and the former owner of three businesses. Before her career in technology, Judith was in the U.S. Army for 7 years as a parachute rigger and then testing parachutes and large-scale weapons and missiles. She became the first certified female jumpmaster in the military. Read her blog at now.avg.com, where she regularly blogs on the topic of women in tech, technology for Boomers and small business strategies.