Women In Tech or Unnecessary Government Spending

Women In Tech or Unnecessary Government Spending

Usually one to hold my tongue, I can’t do that when it comes to this issue. Recently Communitech announced that they would be working with four Waterloo based tech companies encouraging them to “review HR policies, enhance leadership skills and build mentor networks” in an effort to minimize barriers to entry for women in tech.  I am a woman in tech, a co-founder of a start-up, and I am all for this cause however, our government putting 300K towards this 36 month project is ridiculous!

Because I have a background in Human Resources, I am fully aware that in order to get your HR certification, you have to know about inclusivity and creating HR polices. Furthermore, we all know it’s against the law to discriminate based on gender, race, religion orientation etc.  According to their websites, Desire2Learn, Rebellion Media and Magnet Forensics (3 out of 4) of the companies included in this project have women who lead their HR department. Should they not know that they should be shaping policies that help other women gain entry into the tech sector? Is it not their job to scan the landscape and implement change?

This shouldn’t be done because they are given a grant, it should be mandatory. If they need to have a conversation, I’m sure they can collaborate on their own and discuss techniques to opening opportunity within their companies. All of these companies can afford to hire their own private consultant if their current HR professional is unable to develop policies.

Then to celebrate this fantastic achievement Communitech will “present a large-scale public event to raise the profile of women in leadership and management roles and inspire women in tech to reach their potential.” Why does this have to be a onetime shindig? Maybe Communitech should practice inclusion and make sure there is a decent women representation at the current seminars they produce.

But what do I know…I’m just a woman in tech.

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