Session: Sponsoring Women in STEM and Teaching Grit
Women are getting more degrees in the STEM field and graduating percentages are rising but the quit rate of women in technology is almost twice as high as that of men. In the STEM sector, the quit rate for women is astonishing: 41%.
Compare that to men’s quit rate, which is at just 17%.
The female quit rate is even higher in the technology sector, compared to science and engineering. 56% of women quit their technology jobs.
The number of women who leave their STEM jobs is 53%. In comparison, that number for men is 31%.
We need to understand how to mentor and SPONSOR women in Tech so they stay.
- How do you keep your passion as a woman in Tech.
- How do you find the right mentorship and sponsorship as a woman in Tech.
- How do you use empathy and a growth mindset to stay the course in Tech.
- How do you keep your confidence high when you feel unsupported.
Woody Walker is the Digital Sales Leader for Accenture/Avanade and is responsible for business development across North America. She has worked at a hospital leading an 80-person IT department then moved to CIBER Consulting as the senior director of the Project Management Practice, where she was responsible for a P&L of $100M and had oversight of strategy, sales, solutions, marketing and delivery for an 800-person consulting practice. Most recently, Woody was the Executive vice president of Strategic Partnerships for CCG, a data and analytics company.
AdventHealth Member Board of Advisors (2018 – Present)
Leadership Orlando (2017)
UCF Alumni Board (2017-Present)
• Secretary (2020-Present)
Athena Professional Women
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Received the Honorable Knight Award at the UCF College of Business Hall of Fame (2018)
Inducted into the UCF College of Business Hall of Fame (2020)
Funded Walker STEM Endowment for the UCF Burnett Honors College
Funded Walker Minority Endowment for the UCF College of Business