I have heard the question above asked many times over the last six years. We are always talking about how we need to reach younger women and girls and present them with role models who can inspire them to pursue a technical career. What I love about our upcoming Voices conference is that it will offer women an opportunity to share their conference experience with their daughters and other young women both while it is happening and for a month afterwards in the comfort of their own homes. Many times at in person conferences I've heard women say I wish I could have brought my daughter. With this event you can.
I’ve had several women tell me that part of their plan is to watch sessions with their daughters so they can see amazing technical women and help them ask questions. Women of all ages and nationalities will be speaking at Voices and during the live sessions you will be able to ask your questions to the speakers directly. Not only will they learn about technology but also what you can do with that technology. What an amazing opportunity for mother and daughter together to share inspiration and learning. And don’t forget, you can have your sons and husband sit in with you as well. And unlike going to the movies there will be 30 hours of content to share, not two hours.
In addition, I’ve had mothers of college age daughters tell me they were buying their daughters a tickets so they can watch from their dorm rooms. And one amazing woman has offered to sponsor 20 young women that she has been mentoring so they can share the experience as well.
So take some time and think about ways you can engage young women and girls in the Voices conference.
Come share the inspiration on International Women's Day. The technical women of the future are our daughters, our nieces, our god daughters and our granddaughters.