Recently, Kalypso’s Women in Technology team kicked off an initiative to empower female IT students at Tec de Monterrey University by hosting a breakfast for the new student association MenTe (Mujeres en Tecnología) and the IT school directors. MenTe is focused on enrolling female IT students, strengthening their technical skills and, ultimately, helping them find better jobs and internships.
Women in Technology is focused on empowering young women in the IT field. Women account for 38 percent of the staff at the Kalypso Monterrey technical center, but the goal is to increase that number to 50 percent. Kalypso believes that by informing female students of the benefits of working in the IT field and showing support to the Tec de Monterrey student body, we will be able to boost the number of professional women in the IT industry.
The breakfast included all major IT deans, a student council with representatives from each IT major, and Kalypso’s Women in Technology group leaders.
During the breakfast, in-depth discussions focused on women in technology. All attendees recognized the lack of women in this field and the loss of potential value from the lack of this important asset. To help address this issue, the group will work to change the IT stereotype and try to educate girls earlier. MenTe initiatives include alliances with other IT groups for women, becoming top of mind for companies in the region, GirlTech-talks on campus and visiting high schools to talk about women in the IT field.
Kalypso’s Women in Technology team also attended a panel called “Challenges in Women Leadership” at EGADE Business School. This panel brought together professional women speakers from R&D, industry, public politics and education. The women addressed issues such as industry stereotyping, switching from a feminine to a masculine posture when making decisions, the importance of mentorship, and general gender equality issues. They shared stories of how they’ve dealt with these issues on a day-to-day basis and offered advice to attendees.
During the panel, the first female Monterrey mayor, Margarita Arellanes, discussed how public administration is still struggling with a proper model that adequately addresses both work and household needs, which is required to ensure the professional success of women.
Both events inspired the Women in Technology group to continue driving major efforts through the MenTe student group.
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