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Thursday, September 5 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Confidence Not Competence: What is Holding Women Back from Embracing Tech in Development?

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As an international development community, we spend a lot of resources on promoting the use of technology among women and girls within the communities where we work. The research is clear on the solid impacts this has. And yet, as a community of women development practitioners, we are failing at embracing technology ourselves. The gender gap in STEM exists in all countries, and society continues to fail women and girls by not expecting them to know much about technical matters. This plays out in our day-to-day work in the MERL sector. Whether it’s learning new software to improve our results monitoring, new mobile tools in the field, or analysis packages in the office – there seems to be a hesitance, and lack of confidence, often accompanied by self-deprecation that our male counterparts lack. What is holding back women from embracing technology in our own work, even as we tout it for others in the field? This panel will discuss our experiences as women in tech working in MEL, some of the data behind the gender gap in STEM, and why women struggle to embrace technology. It will also discuss successes and try to find some ways to encourage our colleagues to build confidence in this area.

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Carmen Tedesco

Data and Tech Lead - Development Results, DAI
In her current role as Data and Tech Lead for DAI's Managing for Development Results team, Ms. Tedesco leads the Data Science Team, serving as data analytics translator, bridging DAI's data science capability and development needs to help derive insights that improve our work. She... Read More →

Jaclyn Carlsen

ICT Advisor, USAID
Jaclyn works to understand how technology can address complex challenges in international development. As ICT Policy Advisor at USAID, Jaclyn engages with donors, governments, non-profits, businesses, and vendors to identify and implement technology initiatives. She supports USAID... Read More →

Patricia Mechael

Co-founder and Policy Lead, HealthEnabled
Dr. Patricia (Patty) Mechael is Principal and Policy Lead at HealthEnabled and Executive Vice President at the Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS. With over 20 years of experience in digital health, Patty is recognized for her roles as thought leader, professor, researcher... Read More →

Priyanka Pathak

Principal, Samaj Studio
Priyanka is a technology, design, and global health specialist who focuses on products and services for women’s health, including maternal and child health work, both internationally and in the US. She has nearly a decade of experience leading projects in over 15 countries around... Read More →

Thursday September 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Academy Hall B FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC