Inspiring diversity in tech with Microsoft’s DigiGirlz
Experiencing mixed reality with the Hololens and analyzing photos with machine learning were just two of the activities at Microsoft’s recent DigiGirlz event, which more than 40 eighth and ninth-grade girls attended.
SHI has always been committed to diversity in technology, and sponsoring the event was another way for us to bring that commitment to life. Though we already lead by example (SHI is America’s largest Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise!), we were thrilled when Microsoft asked us to be a part of this event and help inspire the next generation to consider a career in shaping the future of technology.
LJ Marinello, Director, Partner Technology Manager for One Commercial Partner (OCP) at Microsoft, welcomed the students by stressing how instrumental diversity is to innovation in the IT industry. The students then took part in three breakout sessions, immersing themselves in different aspects of the industry.
All the sessions were great, and “Uncovering Your Superpower” was especially engaging. All the girls had to develop a 30-second elevator pitch highlighting their interests, strengths, and passions.
Once they drafted their pitches, they played a speed networking game to practice and get to know one another better. When talking with one another, they showed immense enthusiasm, and it gave them vital experience presenting themselves in a business environment.
Thank you to everyone who made the event a success, and giving these brilliant students a chance to see the countless opportunities for women in technology and business!
Anthony Rodriguez contributed to this post.