WNYC presents "How Tech is Changing the Way Women Work" - Panel discussion hosted by Manoush Zomorodi


WNYC’s “New Tech City” presents

The Women Behind NY Tech MeetUp, The White House Project,
Percolate and Work+Life Fit Join a Conversation on
The New Landscape for Gender Equality and the Workplace

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM
At The Greene Space


(New York, NY—February 21, 2013) -- From Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s insistence that young women “lean in” and take control of their careers to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s recent provocative pronouncement in The Atlantic that work and family still cannot fully mix, the age-old debate over whether women can “have it all” has been ignited anew. 

On Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30am, WNYC’s “New Tech Cityhost Manoush Zomorodi will moderate a dynamic morning meet-up and conversation about career, family, technology in the context of our increasingly wired lives at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC.

The women behind NY Tech MeetUp, The White House Project, Percolate and Work+Life Fit will explore a range of questions, including:

  • Have digital tools ushered in a new era of workplace flexibility?
  • Is New York’s booming tech scene leading the way for gender equality and female entrepreneurship?
  • Should we -- especially women -- embrace or battle the disappearing boundaries between our personal and professional lives?
  • Are digital benefits limited to upper middle class professionals or will technological shifts eventually help all Americans find balance?
  • Has the digital age permanently upended the work-life balance?

“‘How Tech is Changing the Way Women Work’ brings to mind the scarcity of women working in the field, and that's an important issue,” said Zomorodi. “But we'll also go beyond the stats to explore the life and work issues at stake: how advances in technology have made it possible to combine family and careers in dramatically new ways, while also introducing new challenges to equality and work/life balances, and the distinct effects on women of various class and educational backgrounds.”

The panelists are:

Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of the NY Tech Meetup, where she has worked since April 2011 to expand the capacity of the 30,000-member non-profit organization while also managing its day-to-day operations.  Jessica is also a columnist for The Press-Enterprise and speaks and writes frequently about organizational culture, the application of psychology and neuroscience to work, the New York startup community, and non-profit management.

Marie C. Wilson founded The White House Project and co-created Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day. She is the author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004).  She also has served as president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. In addition, Marie was the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council in 1983, co-authored the critically acclaimed Mother Daughter Revolution, and served as a delegate to the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.

Stacy-Marie Ishmael leads product management at Percolate, a SoHo-based technology startup that builds software for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Percolate, Stacy was an editor and journalist at the Financial Times where she helped develop the award-winning financial blog FT Alphaville. Stacy is a part-time visiting lecturer at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a visiting fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Cali Williams Yost has been pioneering ways to manage work and life in the new economy for nearly two decades. As a consultant, speaker, and CEO and founder of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit--and one of Mashable’s Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter—she's shows hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals how to partner for award-winning flexible work success. She is a graduate of Columbia Business School and the author of the recently released Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, (Center Street/Hachette, January 2013) and the previous, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You (Riverhead, 2004)

Coffee and Tea will be served at 8:30am and the panel will begin at 9:00am. Tickets are $15 and available at www.thegreenespace.org.

From disaster relief to the daily commute, the way we live and work is changing with incredible speed. “New Tech City” is WNYC's look at the how our increasingly digitized world is changing how New Yorkers live and work.  The weekly segment airs during Morning Edition every Tuesday. New York is entering a new digital era and New Tech City is your guide to it.

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