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The 50/50 Gender Equity Challenge – Real World Solutions for Real World Change

May 30, 2019 · 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for Seattle AnitaB.org’s next event: The 50/50 Gender Equity Challenge – Real World Solutions for Real World Change, on Thursday, May 30th, 6:00 pm at Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium. We hope to see you for a future-defining conversation about women, technology and shared future!


It’s getting worse. Despite valiant efforts to increase gender equity in the technology workplace, the percentage of women in tech has declined 10% over the past 20 years, falling from a 35% “high” in the 1990s to 25% today. For underrepresented minority women, the numbers are staggering, with women of color representing less than 5% of the technology workforce overall. Technology plays a central role in our lives. How problems are identified, defined and solved shape the ways in which we engage with ourselves, our families, and with our broader communities. Without true gender equity in tech, the needs of women and their communities of care will remain underserved, reinforcing a cycle of exclusion, marginalization and discrimination.

It’s time to dream big, challenge incrementality, and set unreasonable goals.

Can we imagine a workplace in which women are fully represented in all aspects of the technology production process from ideation, to product development to delivery? Can we imagine a technology workplace where women represent a full 50% of the workforce? We believe the answer is yes. To explore this vision and identify solutions, Pecha Kucha Seattle and Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering are proud to present PKN SEA vol. 75: The 50/50 Gender Equity Challenge – Real World Solutions for Real World Change. The event features outstanding women leaders from across our region leading change in the technology workplace today.


  • Jenn McColly – Vice President of the People Connection Team, SAP Concur
  • Dioselin Gonzalez – Principal Software Architect, Microsoft Research
  • Cynthia Tee – Senior Director of Engineering, Nordstrom
  • Nicole Buchanan – Former Executive Director, Ada Developers Academy
  • Katherine Pratt – PhD Student, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Washington
  • Gail Giacobbe – Director Product Management and Data Science, Microsoft
  • Alice Steinglass – President, Code.org
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk – Director, Urban Indian Health Institute
  • Kelly Marquardt – Community Liaison, Government Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman
  • Nicole W. Piasecki – Chairman, Board of Trustees, Seattle University

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