At New Venture Communications, we pride ourselves on the work we’ve done to encourage diversity in the Bay Area tech scene because we believe diverse backgrounds and mindsets gathered in one place create the most innovative, daring ideas. Over the last few years, one thing we are most proud of is our involvement in helping our clients empower women to thrive and become leaders in the male-heavy tech industry. And, we’ve gotten some great coverage to boot!
Many of our clients already participate in various women in tech initiatives. We have been heavily involved for years in communications for the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), an organization for the advancement of women technologists, helped our clients, like Boundless, put on women in tech events, and given our clients a voice on the subject.
As we gear up for ABI’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) on October 8th – where 8,000 attendees from 62 countries and 883 different organizations will gather in one location – we are reminded that we are an important part of a much greater movement that is increasing in enthusiasm exponentially each year. At GHC this year, we’ll witness almost double the number of people attending this year’s conference as there were in 2013, including attendees from all backgrounds and geographies in tech. We’ve worked with ABI for the last three years and have seen ABI’s awareness grow from predominantly local and industry-focused attention to now include national and international coverage, a clear indicator that ABI is chipping away at indifference, succeeding in their mission, and building advocates along the way.
We’ve been on a great ride these past three years as ABI’s communications firm, and we’ve seen an increased interest in the women in tech issue from our other clients. We know that there is still much work to be done, and as technology innovation accelerates, we feel a responsibility to make sure women are actively part of this impact on society. At NVC, we’re excited to see the culmination of all of ABI’s efforts (with our communications support) at this year’s GHC and are looking forward to meeting the inspiring women who share ABI’s vision.
GHC, here we come!