Panelists focus on women’s role in technology

first_imgThe Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy hosted a lunch on Tuesday as part of “Wired Women: Bridging the Technology Gap,” a series exploring the opportunities and challenges faced by women in technology.The panel featured Christine Outram, senior inventionist at Deutsch LA and founder at City Innovation Group; Sophia Viklund, co-founder of backCODE; and Sarah Penna, co-founder and chief creative officer of Big Frame. The lunch discussion was hosted by CCLP director and USC professor Geoffrey Cowan and chaired by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist, Narda Zacchino.According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, women represent only 6 percent of the chief executives of the top 100 U.S. tech companies and 22 percent of software engineers.“Women need to stand up and take a seat at the table,” Penna said. “There is a mental and psychological barrier that a lot of women have. They ask themselves, ‘Do I deserve a seat at the table?’”Viklund noted that even though greater numbers of women have started entering the field of technology, more women still need to step up.“It’s like martial arts — sometimes you get hit but what makes a difference is how fast you recover,” Viklund said.Outram also spoke about the need for women to push forward.“If you fail the first time, stand up and push forward,” Outram said. “Find another way to get in. Find another company.”In regards to what people should be doing to help women get leadership positions in media technology, Viklund said there was not one formula for every woman.“It is important to figure out the best strategies for yourself,” Viklund said. “You should expect career changes at least four or five times in a lifetime. But, the great advantage is that you have a lot of resources on your hands to make it happen for yourself. You have a lot of support — family, societal and public.”Panelists also spoke about the issue of income inequality in the workplace and urged women in the audience to take part in the discussion.“If we want to get paid equally, we need to set goals for ourselves,” Outram said. “Know what you are worth and develop a strategy to reach your goal. It’s not just about believing it.”Many female students said they  found the discussion both helpful and inspiring.“It’s interesting that the progress of women has been different in different industries,” said Elise Welch, a graduate student in public diplomacy. “It was interesting to hear from women who have succeeded in that area. Though there are still gender biases, I think it’s important for women to overcome their insecurities. Women have to get out there.”Future lunches in the series will discuss opportunities and challenges encountered by women in sports journalism, photojournalism and punditry. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more


first_imgLoreto Convent School Letterkenny are organising some funds raising events, if you could please advertise them on your site it would be very much appreciated.Loreto Convent School, Letterkenny, are holding a Quiz Night in Arena 7 on Thursday 28th Feb at 9pm. Everyone welcome to come along to this fun evening and support this fund raising event.Also a date for your diary- on March 12th we will be holding a fashion show by Marks and Spencer. Many thanks and kind regardsSiobhan Trotman, Parents Association LORETO LK HOLDING ARENA 7 QUIZ NIGHT was last modified: February 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LORETO LK HOLDING ARENA 7 QUIZ NIGHTlast_img read more

Microbreweries raise a glass to rapid industry growth

first_imgDonegal companies are among those enjoying a flourishing Irish drinks industry, which is now Ireland’s fastest-growing manufacturing industry with a jump of 105% growth in enterprises since 2008. The number of Irish breweries producing their own product has more than quadrupled since 2012, from 15 to 72, according to a new report published today by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI).This quadrupling has led to a total increase in microbrewery turnover from €8 million in 2012 to €52 million in 2016. Donegal has seven breweries, which is one of the highest averages in Ireland. The drinks industry in the county supports 7,443 jobs and brings in wages of  €157.7 million per year. There are 405 pubs and hotels in Donegal, according to DIGI’s latest Support Your Local campaign, an initiative designed to demonstrate of the importance of drinks and hospitality industry businesses to the economic, cultural and social fabric of Ireland.The Irish drinks sector is experiencing growth across the beer, cider and spirit categories. In 2013, there were just four working whiskey distilleries in Ireland. By 2017 there were 18, and there are plans for another 16.Ireland’s gin sector, too, is attracting worldwide interest and plans to treble its exports to 400,000 9-litre cases by 2022. The number of licences granted for cider production increased from three in 2009 to 18 in 2017.In response to changing consumer tastes, pubs and off-licences are fostering their own culture of modernity and experimentation.  Some off-licences have also brewed their own collaborations with suppliers, including McHugh’s off-licence, who worked with Donegal’s Kinnegar Brewing and Independent Brewing to form RoadTrip IPA, Extra Stout and Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout. Donall O’Keeffe, Secretary of DIGI and CEO of the Licenced Vintners Association, said that the Irish drinks industry is innovating and diversifying in response to changing consumer tastes.“Our drinks industry has proven itself extremely adaptable to ever-changing tastes in consumer behaviour. Manufacturers, large and small, have diversified their offerings, experimented with new ingredients and recipes, and developed lucrative commercial partnerships at home and abroad.”Many breweries and distilleries are developing visitor centre facilities, increasing product awareness among local and international consumers, and opening up additional revenue streams. Kinnegar’s new Letterkenny brewery hosted a ‘Big Day Out at the Brewery’ on Saturday last to mark Indie Beer Week 2018.DIGI’s O’Keeffe believes that the industry’s rapid growth, especially the potential for scaling up the many new enterprises, will be challenged by current global trade considerations and Ireland’s uncompetitive alcohol excise tax policies.He said: “In a challenging international economic environment, with Brexit and growing American protectionism, export development must be supported by a strong market at home. This starts with ensuring that policy measures support growth and we must prioritise reducing the tax burden on Ireland’s fastest-growing manufacturing industry by lowering excise on alcohol.” Microbreweries raise a glass to rapid industry growth was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drinks industrylast_img read more