Microsoft’s Tech Femme event encourages women to get into tech field and become leaders

Karrie-Ilagan, general Manager of Microsoft Philippines, addresses UP students during Tech Femme event

Karrie-Ilagan, general Manager of Microsoft Philippines, addresses UP students during Tech Femme event

Microsoft Philippines recently held Tech Femme event at the University of the Philippines in Diliman to inspire more women to get into the field of technology and aspire for leadership roles.

At the Tech Femme event, undergraduate and postgraduate students were encouraged to to widen their perspective of the IT industry to break stereotypes and inject diversity into what is often perceived as a male-dominated field.

Based on diversity reports published by 11 of the world’s largest tech companies last year, on the average, women make up only 30% of professionals working in the technology sector.

While the industry continues to grow and attract millions of talent around the world, the ratio of female to male IT professionals has remained consistent.

“More companies and organizations have taken steps to create a more diverse workplace that is welcoming for women. Despite the low number of women opting to become IT professionals, those in the field are thriving and are leading the industry,” said Karrie-Ilagan, General Manager of Microsoft Philippines.

“There is great potential and there are many opportunities for women to succeed in the IT industry. The industry needs their insight and their talent in creating solutions. Microsoft believes that young women of today will be tomorrow’s leaders and we want them to be one of us.”

Tech Femme is a forum held throughout Asia Pacific. It brings together students and female IT leaders for a discussion with Microsoft on considering technology as a career path.

Participants learn from industry leaders from Microsoft, mobile retail marketing company ZAP, and local IT company VFTS-Technologies about the countless opportunities available in the field of technology and why women need to play a more significant role in the industry.

Globally, Microsoft has sparked early interest in technology among females by promoting the study of computer science in traditionally female schools and through programs like Girls Who Code.

As one of the founding partners, Microsoft hosted over 1,000 girls in their Redmond office for a seven-week computer science education program.