Crushing the IT Gender Bias

Thriving as a Woman in Technology

Authors: Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

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  • Provides options to address challenging and career stalemating situations that are experienced by women as they are entering, achieving competency, and advancing in their careers
  • Takes a grass roots and “pay it forward” approach providing women with not only success, but the desire and skill to mentor and sponsor other women in the future
  • Incorporates real use cases, experiences, and advice from women in the technical world, providing steps toward success that is self-sustaining, shareable, and promotable
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About this book

Conscious and unconscious bias, societal pressures, and discomfort with women’s ambition are issues that women are confronted with in any male-dominated setting, and tech is no exception. Statistically, women are a disproportionately small percentage of the technology industry. How did we get here, what is changing, and what can future generations of women in STEM expect?

In Crushing the IT Gender Bias, author Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman applies her two decades of experience in tech to these meaningful questions, plus many more. As a mentor and sponsor of women in the database and development communities, Pot’Vin-Gorman uses experience, visualizations of hard data, and industry interviews to describe the many challenges that women face in STEM. She then shows you how to inoculate against them. Small, positive changes like these are similar to a vaccine: they build individual immunity and thus create herd immunity to protect the most vulnerable. This shift is accomplished through increased representation of—and direct exposure to—successful role models in the industry.
You’ll get practical advice related to hiring practices, salary negotiations, and barriers to collaboration. After witnessing multiple female peers depart the tech world, Pot’Vin-Gorman has written Crushing the IT Gender Bias to make her voice heard and to start this necessary conversation productively so that women can thrive. Additionally, this book is for male professionals who desire to grow in their understanding and eliminate bias in their environments.
Do not be content with mere survival. Read this book, practice the techniques, and, most importantly, learn how to pay it forward. By arming yourself with knowledge and facing bias head-on, you can be the meaningful change that you want to see in the tech industry.

Who This Book Is For
Women in any area of technology with a desire to make and lead positive change by eliminating conscious and unconscious bias along with strategically confronting the many issues facing women in a field dominated by cultural bias. The book appeals to those just starting a career through to seasoned professionals, and even to those entering the management tier. This book also welcomes men with a desire to grow in their understanding and eliminate bias in the world around them.

About the authors

Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman has over two decades of technical experience and has worked for small startups as well as large companies, including Oracle and Microsoft. She is one of the most recognized women in technology in the database community and presents on deep technical topics at database, DevOps, big data, and development events. Her social media presentations and written material are well respected for her thought leadership and technical content. She is the author of four technical books and is a long-term mentor and sponsor of women in both the database and development communities. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • The Numbers Behind the Stories

    Pages 1-14

    Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

  • The Complexities Behind the Challenges for Women in Technology

    Pages 15-30

    Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

  • Turning Good Intentions into Positive Changes

    Pages 31-63

    Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

  • Knowing Your Path Is Owning Your Path

    Pages 65-85

    Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

  • How to Find Mentors and Secure Sponsorship

    Pages 87-105

    Pot’Vin-Gorman, Kellyn

Buy this book

eBook £17.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4415-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £22.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4414-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crushing the IT Gender Bias
Book Subtitle
Thriving as a Woman in Technology
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-4415-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-4415-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-4414-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 177
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
Topics