March 8th is International Women's Day, and the Florida Technology Council would like to salute Florida's high-tech women. A peruse of the internet may leave young women feeling less than inspired when it comes to chasing high paying jobs in the IT Industry. It's true that in 2017 women occupied only 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. It's also true that women in this industry received more media recognition as part of the "Me Too" movement in Silicon Valley than for any of their accomplishments.
The Florida Technology Council would like to remind women everywhere that harassment and glass ceilings are not their only options. Florida is filled with tech leaders who recognize the incredible value women bring to our industry. ISF, a custom software solutions provider for commercial interests in Jacksonville Florida, is crushing competition under the leadership of CIO Cyndy Loomis and her staff which includes over 50% women.
"I work with Florida tech leaders in the private and public sector on a daily bases," says James Taylor, Executive Director for the Florida Technology Council . "Beth Nunnally, Senior Account Executive at SAS, Cyndy Loomis, CIO at ISF, Elizabeth VanAcker, CEO at Five Points Technology Group and Katy Fenton, VP at Kyra Solutions Inc. are a few perfect examples of what women can accomplish in Florida's tech industry. You may believe the only thing these four have in common is gender, but in reality I've seen one similar trait in each of these women. Beth, Cyndy, Elizabeth and Katy each gently smile and offer a friendly wave as they pull ahead of competitors who made the mistake of underestimating their abilities. Or maybe it's more of a grin."
So women of tech, on behalf of Florida's only association focused exclusively on the needs and priorities of the state's technology sector… we welcome you into Florida high tech leadership roles and we salute you!