By Kaytlyn Leslie
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A recent event called “Get Geeked in Tech” brought dozens of girls together to celebrate tech. The program featured female tech leaders sharing their stories of how they got into and overcame struggles in the industry.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Sometime around middle school, girls stop saying they want to go into tech.
Nobody is entirely sure why things change around that age — before that, many young girls show an interest in technology-related fields. But around the seventh or eighth grade, that interest drops among many young girls, eventually leading to fewer women entering the tech industry.
Mindbody’s Women in Tech group is looking to change that.
The group, made up of female and male employees at the wellness software company, hosted a “Get Geeked in Tech” event Thursday that brought more than 85 middle and high school students to the company’s headquarters in San Luis Obispo.
“We decided this would be a good event for young women at an age when they typically leave tech,” Women in Tech Coordinator Kelly Irish said. “They don’t know exactly why, but they think it’s a time when girls don’t want to be considered smarter than boys. So this way we can tell them that it’s OK to be smarter than boys; it’s OK to be the nerd, to be the geek.”
The event featured female tech leaders from around the county, sharing their stories of how they got into and overcame struggles in the industry.
“I know there are many people who would not have imagined I would end up on this stage today,” said Kristen Hazard, founder of environmental services app Wildnote. “They didn’t have a very high opinion of me. They didn’t think I would go very far. So don’t believe any of that. Just keep grinding, and make your way to where you are going.”