We've all seen the reports coming out of the wide world of tech this year -- toxic work cultures dominate headlines, the pay gap persists, companies fail to recruit and retain women. It can be pretty disheartening, but it shouldn't take away from the fact that there are so many impressive women doing impressive things in the comms industry.
It's time to make your voice heard and see how your experiences fall in line with other women in the industry. That's why we are undertaking what we hope will be the largest survey of its kind to take the pulse of women in the next-gen comms industry.
When we say next-gen comms, we're talking about the incredibly specialized and advanced part of the comms industry that Light Reading's readership serves. That includes those who work at mobile, fixed, cable and over-the-top service providers, hardware and software vendors, tech startups, components companies, enterprise users of networking services and other related fields. It's a large group, but one whose experiences might differ from the larger STEM ecosystem and the smaller microcosm that is Silicon Valley. We want to find out if that's true! (See Silicon Valley Writer Foresees End of Bro Culture.)
Please take our ten-minute survey about your background, experiences and thoughts on the professional career. More importantly, we'd love to hear your stories -- share an anecdote or two, tell us your personal story and elaborate on your answer to any of the 30 questions we ask. You can do so in the final free response question or by contacting me over email at [email protected]. All individual answers are confidential and only used in tabulation with others, and we will, of course, keep your stories anonymous if you prefer.
You can access the survey right here: Light Reading's 2017 Survey of Women in Comms. Our first 50 participants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.
We will share some of the initial survey results at Women in Comms' upcoming one-day conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 15 ahead of the Big Communications Event. Later, a detailed report based on the results of our inaugural survey and incorporating analysis and insights from experts in the field will be available to all registered Women in Comms members.
We look forward to hearing your stories! Getting an accurate picture of our niche of the workforce will go a long way to understanding and helping make a positive change for all women in comms.
— Sarah Thomas, , Director, Women in Comms