Ruth James: Increasing the Sisterhood in Tech – A Call to Action to the Village

Ruth James's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020. 
Synopsis
They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, this is my call to the global village to increase the number of women entering the technology sector. I will share some of the fundamentals I’ve learnt over my time in tech outreach to encourage more girls into tech:

Showcasing what it really looks like to work in tech.
Championing girls into tech.
Connecting with opportunities locally and online.
Building confidence in young women so they may continue to stay curious about tech.

About Ruth
At 21, I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration (which I’ve never used). At 29, I moved from the UK to NZ – this is when I first experienced working in tech (as a receptionist!) At 37, I’d finally discovered what I wanted to do when I grew up – Tech Outreach! I originally started volunteering with not-for-profits and charities working in this space. I now work at Xero as a Tech Ou...

 

 

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