While Utah companies continue to struggle in achieving employment equity in the technology sector, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Oracle CEO Safra Catz helped celebrate Utah’s women tech leaders at an awards event Friday.
The Women Tech Awards is a program to “recognize women across all technology disciplines who are trailblazing new paths, leading and founding technology companies, and building innovative tools, technologies and experiences,” according to the Women Tech Council, the Utah-based organization that’s been hosting the event for the past 10 years.
Council co-founder and President Cydni Tetro said while Utah is home to a thriving innovation sector with more than 5,000 companies specializing in tech services and products, statistics reflect the Beehive State is lagging woefully behind the rest of the nation in the number of women represented across numerous tech employment categories.
“Less than 5 percent of tech executives in Utah are women, compared to 11 percent nationally,” Tetro said. “And almost 40 percent of the women who go into tech leave the industry after seven years.”