Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. Where are the women?
Join the Zonta Film Festival as it presents
November 8, 2016
CODE:DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP
PRINCESS TWIN THEATRE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
6:15 – 7:35 (80 minutes)
Buy your tickets at www.kwzontafilmfestival.com
About the Film
CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE asks: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code, and how do we get there?
Another Reason to Come to the Film
After the film, we want to roll up our sleeves and dive into a thought-provoking conversation with four incredible women in tech.
Panel discussion from 7:35pm-8:00pm.
Caitlin is the CEO/Co-founder of Plum, a SaaS hiring solution that matches employers and applicants using cutting-edge behavioral science. Plum Caitlin’s her 3rd startup. She was Employee #1/Director of Operations for Me to We Style in Toronto and was President of goQ software in New Hampshire. Caitlin has been making waves as she was selected as 1 of 10 women run businesses by Springboard Enterprises in NYC and was selected by Google for Entrepreneurs Blackbox Connect program in San Francisco in Oct. 2014. Plum graduated from Communitech Hyperdrive and the Accelerator Centre, are winners in the 43North Buffalo Pitch Competition, and winners of the 2015 Gold Stevie Award for Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Human Capital Management Solution. Caitlin has raised over $2 million of investment to fuel Plum’s growth.
Danielle is the Women in Tech Program Manager at the Communitech innovation centre in Waterloo Region. She is the project manager of the Fierce Founders Bootcamp and Accelerator, overseeing the development, implementation and delivery of the programs sponsored by Google, Deloitte, Thomson Reuters, BDC and FedDev.
Prior to Communitech, Danielle was a member of the Organizational Design line within the Deloitte Consulting Human Capital group working with clients across the technology, financial services, and consumer products sectors. In addition, Danielle has an extensive background consulting overseas in South Africa and Ethiopia and has professional experience in market analysis, entrepreneurial management, and sustainability.
Danielle is also the co-founder of Crio Water, a sustainable home drinking water treatment company, which has been awarded the Ontario Centers of Excellence’s SmartStart Seed Fund. Danielle holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Arts (M.A.) from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Trinity College, University of Toronto.
A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, Stephanie is the award-winning Executive Director of Hive Waterloo Region, a not-for-profit promoting digital literacy and open access to the web as part of the Mozilla Foundation global Hive Learning Network. In 2015 she founded and directed the Year of Code Waterloo Region campaign and its popular HackerGrrlz program. A serial entrepreneur by nature, her work has a history of focus on social innovation in the technology sector through community engagement.
At present she is the KW Ambassador for TechGirls Canada, sits on the Women in Engineering committee at the University of Waterloo, and is a board member with the inter-arts collective Pins and Needles Fabric Company. She has worked at a leadership level with National Engineering Month Ontario, the Waterloo Region chapter of Canadian Women in Technology, TEDxWaterloo, and Engineers Without Borders Canada. She has received both the KW Oktoberfest Women of the Year Entrepreneur award (2014), and a Waterloo Region 40 under 40 award (2013).
Caryn is a Senior user experience (UX) designer and front-end developer at Vehikl. She has spoken at a number of international developer conferences and runs workshops on applying practical UX disciplines. Caryn helps run the Technical Chats for Women peer-2-peer group, volunteers as a mentor at STEM events, and writes for publications empowering minorities in STEM.
Zonta Film Festival Named as The Waterloo Region Record’s highlight of 2015 and 2016.
January 1, 2016
“For Waterloo, I’m choosing the subject of my column for Nov. 14: The fifth anniversary of the Zonta Film Festival.
Like Cambridge Live Music, this is a citizen-led initiative, in this case with an aim “to showcase the work of women documentary filmmakers.” The films are from around the world; the curation, promotion and presentation are local: The event is a project of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, “an organization of professional women working together … to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.”
At the end of the festival’s three-day run at The Princess Cinemas, the organizers sent out a final report on what has been accomplished. Highlights include the program itself — “seven inspiring films about women’s empowerment and challenges” — and building an “advocacy wall” based on audience participation to identify and share the impact of the films.”
– Martin De Groot, The Waterloo Region Record