This Friday, Oct. 24, PBS MediaShift and the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University will be producing a panel at Google in Mountain View, Calif., called “Hack the Gender Gap” about how women can overcome challenges and succeed in technology and media. The panel will be an inspirational discussion for the weekend “Hack the Gender Gap” women’s hackathon at the Reed College of Media at WVU this weekend.
The panel discussion at Google is an invite-only event that is fully booked, but we are recording it as a Google Hangout on Air. It will be live-streamed here on this blog post, starting at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time / 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and archived on the PBS MediaShift YouTube Channel. You can also follow along on Twitter and ask questions using the hashtag #gendergap. We hope you’ll check it out!
How can women overcome challenges and succeed in technology and media? We’ve seen all the charts showing a gender gap in leadership and entrepreneurial roles in the industry and it’s time to help each other and succeed. This discussion will highlight women who have broken through and made a difference.
Amy Webb is CEO of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that focuses on near-term emerging technology trends. She and her team help Webbmedia Group’s clients prepare for future business disruption using research, ideation and a vast knowledge of digital media. Webbmedia Group works with Fortune 50, Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well as large nonprofits, universities and government agencies. Recently, Amy’s team worked with American Express to re-imagine the future of credit cards on mobile phones and the City of Chicago to redesign, in every aspect, a modern library system for the 21st century. In addition, Amy is the co-founder of Spark Camp, a 501(c)(3) invite-only series of conversations that brings together the brightest minds in media and technology to solve problems in society.
Jane Schachtel is Facebook’s Global Head of Mobile & Tech Strategy and Microsoft’s former social media director for Bing and MSN.
Laura Michelle Berman is the co-inventor of the highly-anticipated Melon, which is hitting the market this fall.
Aminatou Sow is the co-founder of Tech LadyMafia and leads marketing efforts for Google’s Politics& Elections team.
Tasneem Raja is the interactives editor at Mother Jones.
Val Aurora is co-founder of the Ada Initiative. She’s a programmer, a writer and a feminist activist. She literally hunts down harassers and trolls and makes no apologies. Read her tips on how women can avoid internet harassment.
Note: Anna Holmes was previously scheduled to attend but had to bow out.
Mark Glaser is executive editor and publisher of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Renee and sons Julian and Everett. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit and Circle him on Google+