Stanford is making strides to help potential entrepreneurial women succeed in the tech industry. The Silicon Valley is especially male dominant, but that doesn't stop the Stanford Women in Business (SWIB) organization from encouraging and supporting women in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Last week, SWIB held Tech Week, a series of events that introduced to aspiring women business leaders some opportunities in the tech world and how to flourish in it. The series kicked off with featured keynote speaker Tracy Sun, founder of the fashion-social media startup Poshmark. It was followed by a networking event and then a "Tech Trek," in which attendees visited various startups in Palo Alto, Stanford's college town.
The notion shouldn't be that only men can exist and thrive in the tech industry, but such a concept is hindering interested women from breaking into the field they want to be involved in. SWIB and the events they hold are fantastic examples of moves to not only create a presence of women in tech, but make women in tech a normality.
Tracy Sun said in her speech, “There are many labels I put on myself before ‘woman in tech’ comes up,” which encapsulates how a "woman in tech" shouldn't be a main identifying factor for women in the industry. Sun has come a long way to being the founder of a multimillion-dollar startup, so she's a wonderful role model to all the attending Stanford women of the event to pursue similar ventures.
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