COVID-19 dramatically changed women's careers in tech. One organization is working to help
TechRepublic's Karen Roby spoke with Nancy Wang, founder and CEO of Advancing Women in Product (AWIP), about the organization and its study about women's careers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Nancy Wang: My name is Nancy Wang. I'm the founder and CEO of a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit that's called Advancing Women in Product or AWIP for short. Our mission is to advance women and minorities into tech leadership roles, folks who have a technical background. We focus on folks who are in their mid careers, between 10 to 15 years of experience is our sweet spot.
Between those two, I'm really passionate about leveraging content, which I'm going to be talking with you today, Karen, about our Future of Women Study in which we had over 1,000 unique respondents, primarily women who were in their mid careers from topics of promotion or mentorship or feeling heard in the room. This is especially pertinent right now because we've now been in COVID for almost a year, having started in Q1. And it's had a lot of long-lasting impacts on women's career mobility.