It's not just women who grow tired of never seeing any female faces in the crowd at tech conferences. Count Boingo Chief Technology Officer Dr. Derek Peterson amongst those who gets fed up with the homogeneity of our industry.
The lack of women in tech positions is something he's recognized in his over 20-year career in the industry. As CTO of Boingo Wireless Inc. , which provides WiFi access and software, it is now something he is working to change. Peterson manages a team of around 90 people, and he has made increasing the number of females on it a top priority.
As of now, women make up 26% of all Boingo's tech employees, but that is up from only 18% just last year. The company's goal is to reach 30% or more by the end of 2017 -- if not sooner. It's still far from an equal split, but it's a step in the right direction in an industry so heavily male dominated. Boingo says it's seeking to increase not just its number of women engineers, but also those in other technology positions and its company overall.
Peterson, along with Boingo Vice President of Marketing and Communications Lauren de la Fuente, will be joining Women in Comms this Thursday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) to share more details on why Boingo is striving to increase its female staff and how it plans to go about doing it. Its progress and challenges will provide a good blueprint for how other companies can -- and should -- do the same.
Peterson and de la Fuente will also be taking your questions via the live chat function with the radio show. We hope you'll join us for what's sure to be an enlightening and engaging roundtable discussion! Register for the radio show here and tune in on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
— Sarah Thomas, , Director, Women in Comms