It’s hard to believe, but we are already counting down to the 6th annual WIT (Women in Technology) Celebration at NetApp Insight Las Vegas! NetApp Insight is the perfect opportunity to come together as a global WIT community to share ideas and get inspired. This year, Kate Swanborg, DreamWorks Animation SVP of Technology Communications & Strategic Alliances, is our WIT session keynote speaker. We’ll hear from Kate about her tools and tips for building inclusive environments that enable highly successful teams.

 

There will be a panel moderated by NetApp’s SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Jean English. She’ll be joined by Kate as well as George Kurian, NetApp’s CEO, Mekka Williams, senior software engineer for NetApp, and Renee Yao, senior product marketing manager, deep learning and analytics at NVIDIA. We’ll have the opportunity to network with WIT leaders from NetApp as well as customers and partners that are all part of the broader WIT community.

 

It’s not really a secret, but in the U.S., the percentage of women working in STEM (science, technology, and mathematics) industries is only 24%, according to a United States Department of Commerce report. To get more young girls interested in STEM careers, they need to feel represented—because we can’t be what we don’t see!

 

WIT fosters and supports women and men in the STEM community, and provides a forum for mentoring, networking, communication, and professional development. Advances in technology require creativity and innovation, and programs like WIT encourage companies to explore the ways in which a more diverse and inclusive environment can make a difference.

 

The Schedule Builder for Insight Las Vegas is already live, so don’t forget to sign up for the WIT session today—RSVPs are required!

Paula Silva

Paula Silva is the NetApp Technical Lead at Columbia Integração in São Paulo, Brazil, NetApp’s oldest Brazilian partner and one of the largest SPs in the country. With nearly 20 years of battle-hardened experience in the industry, Paula is her customers’ trusted advisor when it comes to NetApp implementations and data migrations.

Paula loves to travel whenever she gets the opportunity (although she admits that flying makes her a bit nervous). Her bucket list includes trips to Iceland, Japan, and Alaska. She also enjoys photography and cooking in her spare time.