Three questions for three (awesome) women leaders at The Iron Yard

The tech world has a reputation for being male-dominated and the numbers don’t lie – there is currently a disproportionately low number of women in the industry.

But there is good news. The industry has recognized this problem and government programs, nonprofits and private companies alike are all stepping up to enhance diversity efforts and welcome more women and girls into the tech field. Not to mention, with women like Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer;  Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook; and Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, leading the way, there is no shortage of amazing, smart women for future generations to look up to.

Sam Kapila and Jessica Mitsch at the White House for the Opportunity Project launch.
Sam Kapila and Jessica Mitsch at the White House for the Opportunity Project launch.

At The Iron Yard, we too recognize the importance of diversity in the tech workforce, and are strong advocates for making the industry, and tech education, open and accessible for all. We are proud to have strong female leaders in positions ranging from our executive team to our instructors, to our marketing team and product team.

SwitchUp recently caught up with three amazing women on our executive team who are instrumental in making The Iron Yard a positive environment for both our students and our staff. SwitchUp picked their brains on what they do, how their positions impact students and what it means to be a female leader. Read the full interviews here.

Our executive director of the code school, Jessica Mitsch, said it best:

Technology has an impact on all of us. It shapes how we get through our days, communicate with each other, check in with our loved ones, schedule doctors visits and book vacations. It’s crucial that women along with minority groups have a seat at the table in every industry, but especially in tech. I’m proud of the many female leaders we have at The Iron Yard who lead by example and show our students that tech is open to women.

What women in tech inspire you? Let us know in the comments!

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