Women in Technology

Technology is a field with a noticeable imbalance between genders by just the pure numbers. We’d like to improve those numbers by bringing more women into the tech field and improve the support provided to the women who are already contributing to our community. 

AWDG brings you a panel of Atlanta women who work in the field of technology to talk about the importance of diversity in our industry and how we can be more inclusive in our own community. 

On our panel we’ll cover topics like:

• The importance of diversity and what women bring to tech as far as innovation and contribution

• What keeps women from entering the technology field

• Who our female role models are in technology (hint - not all of us have them)

• What fields and countries outside the US have a balanced workforce, noting some of the differences in tech and the US.

• Where you can find more support as a woman in our Atlanta community.

Men are absolutely welcome to attend this event and we welcome your questions during the panel and during Q&A. We’ll even cover why it’s awkward to attend events that you might not be sure you’re welcome at and how to encourage diversity and many points of thought even within our own safe spaces. 

Please note AWDG’s Code of Conduct when asking questions of our panelists, and panelists will also note the Code of Conduct when responding. We know this isn’t the easiest subject to have discussions on without worrying about it getting personal. We’ll do our best to keep the discussion open and interesting without devolving into something not productive. 

Here's Our Code of Conduct

Our Moderator: 

Jenn Downs is a UX Researcher and adores the web and what it can do for the world. She got her start in tech as MailChimp's first hire and has recently joined up with the Atlanta photography/tech company ShootProof. Jenn is also a mentor for Code for America.

Outside of being a web nerd, Jenn owns and runs a carpentry business with her husband, dotes on her dog Dickie, is a songwriter, and plays bass and guitar in a few bands around Atlanta.

Website: http://www.beparticular.com
Twitter: @BeParticular

Our Panelists: 


Kristin Kelly is a Marketing Technology Director at Arke systems. She brings over 10 years of experience in various industries including Energy and Defense. Kristin has played leadership roles in project management, research development, patent development, consulting and sales. Her background in engineering coupled with diverse business experiences enables her to bring a unique perspective of how marketing can improve the adoption of technology across various industry sectors. Kristin is driven by providing high quality responsiveness to clients and identifying the best solution to meet the client’s best interest.
Arke Systems is a technology-consulting firm assisting businesses in the Atlanta area who realize information technology is a catalyst to their long-term success. Recognized as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Arke Systems is one of the leading technology-consulting firms in the Atlanta area working with businesses to provide innovative and flexible solutions. We're proud to have some of the most satisfied customers in the industry and we look forward to working with you.


Inspired and Engaged. As an industry veteran in software development and implementation, Rose has worn many hats and held various roles in start-ups, large consulting firms in government, non-profit and industry. She is changing the world through contributing to open source projects, continuous technology learning, software/development and tools, and collaborating with great innovative minds. Rose openly engages in great technical communities, discussions about gender, sexual preference and racial equality and encourage young people, especially in underrepresented groups and under-served communities, to enter STEM fields. Rose is also a Program Manager with Anita Borg Institute and an Advisory Board member of Zamrize.

Twitter: @rosariorobinson


Amy co-founded Strongbox West in late 2009 as a resource for web, tech, and creative entrepreneurs and continues to operate what is now Atlanta's longest running coworking space.  

Her 'day job' is running online employment site and job board,TalentZoo.com, where creative, marketing, and advertising professionals around the country come for new opportunities, advice, and industry trends.  Amy oversees content, marketing, design/development upgrades, SEO, and technology updates.  She joined Talent Zoo in 1998 as an Executive Recruiter and ultimately managed a team of 20 recruiters, sales executives, and marketing/support staff before turning solely to website operations in 2009.

Twitter: @tzamy


As principal of Content Science, Colleen has advised Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and boutique brands on content and user experience strategy. Colleen shares insights from her consulting in these two books with New Riders: Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content and Does Your Content Work?  Colleen also foundedContentWRX, a software service that enables organizations to evaluate whether their content is effective. 

With more than 15 years of experience and an M.A. in technical communication, Colleen has held past leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). Colleen regularly speaks for conferences around the world and gives guest lectures for institutions such as University of Georgia. 

Twitter: @leenjones


Julie Taylor is a versatile web designer and front-end developer with 15+ years of experience designing and building websites, customer-facing UIs, advertising and e-mail marketing programs within both corporate and freelance environments. She is currently working at Fabric.com, an Amazon subsidiary, as the sole front-end web designer and developer on the e-commerce website. 

Twitter: @juliemtaylor

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What to Expect  

We'll have drinks on hand 

• 6:30 - Arrive, grab a seat, chat with friends. 

• 7:00 - Announcements 

• 7:05 - Presentation 

• 8:00 - Q&A 

Join us for drinks after at Make and Build (1700 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA)! Check out their new office space (formerly owned by the Zac Brown Band), enjoy FREE beer, play our 35-in-1 video game cabinet, get some cool swag, drink on the deck, see a drone demonstration, and hang out with some fellow technologists. M&B's team will be hanging out ready to talk shop and exchange ideas about the latest technology trends. Hope to see you there!

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  • Alex

    Someone asked a question yesterday about the situation in other countries. I wrote to my friend in Russia and here is what she wrote: "here in Russia there is about equal number of male and female programmers. This is my second IT company and about half the developers are female."

    1 · August 8

  • Laurie M.

    Great discussion of current workplace issues from diverse perspectives.

    2 · August 8

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