The Importance of Women in STEM

On March 8th, Tasktop joins organizations and individuals around the world in support of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is celebrated globally to bring together women, men, and non-binary people to lead within our own spheres of influence by raising awareness and taking action to accelerate gender parity.

Said best by Tasktop VP of Product Management, Nicole Bryan, in her blog, Role Model Ladders: A Concrete Path to Getting More Women in Technology:

“Through small but intentional steps, we can change things.”

At Tasktop, 35% of employees and 40% of Tasktop’s Management team are female. Not only are we changing the world of software development and delivery, we’re doing it within an environment of diversity and inclusivity. Our teams recognize the importance of diversity within the workplace and outside of the workplace.

Tasktop President, Neelan Choksi, serves as a trustee at TechGirlz, a non-profit working to get adolescent girls excited about technology. In addition, the Tasktop engineering team is spearheading a Technovation Challenge designed to help give girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as technology entrepreneurs and leaders.

As current leaders in technology experiencing the benefits of diversity firsthand, many Tasktop employees shared their thoughts on why having women at Tasktop and in STEM is important:

“From co-founder to every team and level of management, Tasktop has thrived by actively seeking and fostering an environment for women in tech.  The diversity in thinking and problem solving produces better innovations and better business results.  As high tech businesses continue to become more complex and more creative, the companies that are enlightened to this will outperform those who are stuck in the stone age of boys’ clubs.”
Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop Co-Founder and CEO | Tweet: The diversity in thinking & problem solving produces better innovations and better business results - @Mik_Kersten https://ctt.ec/RKbv3+

“Having diverse teams at Tasktop enables a collaborative environment where voices with different experiences combine to create software that considers a problem from multiple perspectives. And it is a lot more fun to work in a diverse workplace!”
Gail Murphy, Tasktop Co-Founder and Chief Scientist | Tweet: Having diverse teams enables a collaborative environment and it's a lot more fun to work in a diverse workplace! https://ctt.ec/97kUV+  

The more ideas you have to choose from, the better the result will be.  Each person with a different background, a different outlook, a different approach to life brings different ideas to the table.  Diversity drives innovation by starting with more points of view represented.”
Dawn Baikie, Tasktop Senior Software Engineer | Tweet: Diversity drives innovation by starting with more points of view represented. https://ctt.ec/67dY3+  

“You wouldn’t voluntarily walk through life with one arm tied behind your back, would you? Regardless of who you are, we all have our own experiences inside and outside of work, and it’s these individual experiences that provide diversity of thought, sow the seeds of creativity and drive innovative ideas. Tasktop, STEM and wider society are all greatly enriched by the input, output and presence of many talented women, many of whom I’m proud to call my colleagues, friends and family.”
Patrick Anderson, Tasktop Content Specialist | Tweet: You wouldn’t voluntarily walk through life with one arm tied behind your back, would you? https://ctt.ec/6414T+  

“For the first time in my career, I’m on a team with a majority of women. Even though gender does not matter – I happily work with both women and men – it’s great to work for a company who promotes equality (be that gender, race, background, disability, or other). Where [gender] equality is known to correlate with income, education, political empowerment, and health, I can’t help but think that diversity and equality within an organization results in stronger financial results for companies.”
Tuuli Bell, Tasktop Partner Account Manager, EMEA | Tweet: Diversity and equality within an organization results in stronger financial results for companies. https://ctt.ec/MUWK3+  

“Tasktop has women working in technical roles across the company. Seeing the work they do has broadened my conception of what it means to be a woman working in STEM. I realize that no longer is it just about coding (though that is important too). My experience has shown that all levels and teams from a company benefit from women who exercise their analytical and critical thinking skills and combine them with their other unique abilities.”
Cynthia Mancha, Tasktop Product Manager |Tweet: All levels and teams from a company benefit from women who exercise their analytical and critical thinking skills. http://ctt.ec/644GL+  

“It is important to me to have women at Tasktop and in STEM because I want my kids to think of gender parity as we think of women’s suffrage, something that’s not to strive for, but something you are confused about how it could have ever been in question.”
Thomas Ehrnhoefer, Tasktop Senior Software Engineer |Tweet: I want my kids to think of gender parity as we think of women's suffrage, confused about how it was ever in question http://ctt.ec/uaKUe+  

“Diversity is a major driver of creativity and innovation. Years ago women were criticized for not behaving more like men in business. Now we know that embracing the differences in the way we think and make decisions drives innovation and business success.”
Joyce Bartlett, Tasktop Marketing Director | Tweet: Embracing the differences in the way we think and make decisions drives innovation and business success. http://ctt.ec/y5V04+  

Women represent nearly half of the workforce in the US today, but only a quarter of the jobs in STEM. The more we encourage women’s interest and passion​ in the fields of ​science, engineering, math and technology, the more we will see our perspectives and needs represented in society.  To be an agent of change is help others visualize what’s possible.”
Emily Kelsey, Tasktop Regional Sales Manager | Tweet: The more we encourage women's interest in STEM, the more we will see our perspectives represented in society. http://ow.ly/z2fs309I9JJ+ 

“Because it’s silly we still have to have this conversation. Women are half the workforce. Not only is it the good & right thing to do, it’s a competitive advantage. Do it to be a better company.”
Trevor Bruner, Tasktop Product Manager | Tweet: Women are half the workforce. Not only is it the good and right thing to do, it's a competitive advantage. http://ow.ly/z2fs309I9JJ+ 

“There is rarely a week that goes by where I don’t contemplate how fortunate I am to be a Tasktopian. It’s not just that the company is doing interesting and important things, but it’s how we do it. Earlier this week, our CEO (Mik Kersten) made special effort to remind his team that Tasktop’s culture is a place where gender equality and justice run deep. He did so in support of those within the company that felt they wanted to support the “A Day Without a Women” initiative. At Tasktop, I am fortunate to work in an inclusive environment where diversity is a hallmark; where it’s recognized that the diversity in our thoughts, coupled with unity in action, leads to a stronger, more innovative company. “
Betty Zakheim, Tasktop VP of Industry Strategy | Tweet: The diversity in our thoughts, coupled with unity in action, leads to a stronger, more innovative company. http://ow.ly/z2fs309I9JJ #Tasktop 

“It is important to have women as part of an IT organization to provide a range of critical thinking skills to their male counterparts. Including women creates a 360-degree view of challenges and possible solutions for a world that increasingly requires creative problem solving.”
Beth Beese, Tasktop Business Development Manager | Tweet: It is important to have women as part of an IT organization to provide a range of critical thinking skills. http://ow.ly/z2fs309I9JJ  

Having different perspectives and ideas on the table is essential to the process of good software design.  We rely heavily on diversity within the team for those ideas and perspectives.  Women bring a unique perspective that when combined with other types of diversity ultimately leads to better design decisions and better software.”
David Green, Tasktop VP of Architecture | Tweet: Women bring a unique perspective that when combined with other diversity leads to better decisions and software. http://ow.ly/z2fs309I9JJ  

Women pursuing careers in STEM don’t always have it easy, but at Tasktop we’re striving to pave the way for the future women of STEM. One of the many reasons I’m proud to be a Tasktop employee.

Laurel is the Marketing Programs Specialist at Tasktop. She is passionate about and well versed in event management, social media, and marketing communications. In her free time, Laurel enjoys attending concerts, cooking, and traveling.

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