Build Your Community of Women in Tech in San Diego


In a recent virtual event hosted by SDSU Global Camps, panelists with backgrounds in data science discussed various topics including the importance of building a community in the tech industry. 

“There’s so much room for all of us to succeed in this space. Tech is only getting bigger. There’s only going to be more jobs, which means there’s no point in feeling threatened or insecure, or whatever makes someone feel they shouldn’t lend a hand out to somebody else. Helping someone else is only going to elevate everyone else in the room.” – Erika Tapia, Business Intelligence Analyst. 

Noelle Silver, a top AI Keynote Speaker and event panelist, recognizes the part community plays in women’s longevity within the tech industry.

“The number one way women will stay in tech longer than three years is if there is a community of women or like-minded people that support them… I know that in every second I stay I hold the door open longer for those who will come behind me.

It’s in that community that we are successful and that’s what I think is part of the solution of changing the patterns and DNA of our industry.” 

Watch the Event

Access the full on-demand event for free to learn more about: 

  • Building and maintaining their community
  • Using social media for community-building efforts
  • The need for representation in tech

The panelist of techies also discussed:

  • How to choose a programming language to learn
  • Emerging data science trends like conversational AI
  • Data science career outlooks you can expect
  • and so much more!

Register to watch the full on-demand event 

Connect with our Panelists

Talia Fayaz is a software engineer at YieldStreet and the founder of NYC Coders, an organization that runs data structure & algorithms workshops, holds panels, hackathons, and other events that help bootcamp and university grads land their first job in tech.

Noelle Silver specializes in conversational AI and Voice Technology, Intelligent Apps and Agents, and Responsible AI Practices. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, and Amazon, and is the Founder of #Lovefluencers and the AI Leadership Institute. She was recently awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Artificial Intelligence as well as VentureBeat’s Women in AI Responsibility and Ethics Award. She is an influencer in Voice and AI globally.

Erika Tapia is a Data Analyst at Ideas Collide, a strategic marketing communications firm, where she works primarily on business intelligence efforts utilizing Domo, a modern BI platform, to tell a client’s story through data. In her spare time, she enjoys giving back to the softball community by providing skills clinics or private lessons to kids and high school athletes, with hopes of doing the same for tech. 

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A Lean In Circle

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