Week of April 16, 2018
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Editor’s Note
Alexa Weber Morales
Six Proven Strategies
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recommends that women ‘push past their perceived limits.’ Hacks 4 Humanity organizer Lisa Mae Brunson suggests that women ‘do first and ask later’ — and be kind to themselves when they falter. These strategies and many others are starting to help tech industry leaders handle the consequences of an impending shortage.

Women held only 26% of professional computing jobs in 2016, compared to 57% of professional occupations overall. The statistics shine a light on an alarming gap: more women engineers are needed to meet the demands of an IT workforce that will add more than a million technical jobs in the US by 2020.

There’s a fierce commitment from female tech leaders to help up-and-coming women build their careers and raise their profile. Here are six strategies that have worked for successful coders and CEOs alike that could help shift the balance.

—Alexandra Weber Morales, Oracle director of developer content
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A Perfect Storm for US Manufacturer Reshoring
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One Reason Data Capital Is So Critical: It Doesn’t ‘Spill Over’
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Nearly half the 1,200 sessions at the COLLABORATE conference next week in Las Vegas focus on cloud issues, developer topics, and emerging technologies. Get the straight scoop from your peers on the technology you trust.
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