The shoe, as they say, is now on the proverbial “other foot.”

I am launching a business and it has opened my eyes in a new way. This is the first startup I have created that is about a product and not a service. I have an entirely new appreciation for product professionals!

Over the years, I have founded a number of companies, mentored a plethora of startups and entrepreneurs, and even launched a nonprofit. Through all of those, I was never shy to give advice or demand accountability from my teams.

Launching a product-driven business helped me reframe some…

This post originally appeared in Technically Philly in January 2019. The message of women’s economic power and understanding how it connects to political advocacy, resonates to me even more today.

Most people would agree that women today stand on the cusp of enormous positive change and gains.

We live in an era when women are more educated than ever, have greater control over their personal health and freedoms, sit in boardrooms, have traveled to space and nearly took a seat in the Oval Office. Upward trends in wealth transfer and social justice efforts can be seen as driving these advances even further.

However, a deeper look reveals that these improvements are attainable by only a select few…

Much has changed since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. But even with this year’s celebration coinciding with the one hundred year anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States, there remains much to be done.

The theme for the March 8, 2020 IWD is #EachforEqual. Critically, organizers have called out that equality is not a women’s issue but rather a business issue, one that allows all communities and countries to thrive.

While that’s true, this theme does a disservice to women. It implies that women should wait on businesses, communities, and leaders to realize that granting…

I am excited to announce a new project which brings together my passion for music and for promoting and highlighting women in the tech and music field. Plus I get to work with my son. I am not sure how much better it gets.

The idea behind the Women in Tech Summit, was to bring together women in the industry to learn and support each other, while also highlighting the technical work women were doing that was sometimes hidden. With women making up less than 25% of the technology workers in this country and a growing an unprecedented need for…

Geeta Banda Also Talks About the Challenge of Raising Money While Pregnant

Every phone call you make, survey you take, or order you complete contributes to a vast, ever-growing repository of data. The ability to extract business value from all that data is a burgeoning industry, one IDC projects will grow to $275 Billion by 2022.

But Geeta Banda recently told me there is also a growing data disconnect within this industry because business leaders do not always possess the technical expertise necessary to unlock the insights hidden within these troves of data. Decision makers are provided with countless reports…

It seems like it was yesterday we were writing our gift guide for 2018. Where did the year go? Our last two editions of the Holiday Tech Gift Ideas for Girls seemed to be a hit. Even after the holidays, the posts are still viewed, but it is not a surprise to our team. With more and more parents wanting to have their daughters learn about STEM, finding fun and educational resources is not always easy.

This year, along with the TechGirlz staff, we decided to check with our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members for ideas.

We hope this will…

Sustained low unemployment rates continue to exacerbate a longstanding talent shortage in the tech industry, with reports from NCWIT forecasting 3.5 million unfilled job openings in the sector by 2026.

Efforts to expand the pipeline by bringing in more non-traditional female and minority candidates are beginning to help turn the tide. But one unheralded opportunity to close this tech workforce gap might be to address the more than 40% of female technologists that leave the field mid-career to pursue other opportunities.

To help uncover why women remain in tech careers, a new Capital One study compared the experiences of women…

For the better part of July, the TechGirlz team learned firsthand what it means to organize a ground game in an election. As part of its inaugural Keys to Community Grants contest, the Philadelphia Foundation chose five finalists in three categories then awarded $200,000 to the top public vote getters in each category. We had three weeks to make our case and take home the prize..

SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve been following me on social media, you already know the outcome — TechGirlz won the $100,000 second place grant. …

Why did we name our project for the Philadelphia Foundation Crush Cultural Bias?

Because even with all the talk about getting more girls into the STEM fields, there is still gender bias in our workplaces as evidenced by this study by PEW Research conducted last year.

Most women in STEM jobs in majority-male workplaces, in computer jobs or with postgraduate degrees say they have experienced discrimination at work

TechGirlz at work

America’s tech workforce crisis has arrived. The government estimates that one million industry jobs will go unfilled in the year 2020. That’s next year! And with more industries becoming tech dependent everyday, that number is increasing faster than it can be updated.

Philadelphia is feeling the squeeze too. We are seeing local tech-focused job fairs like Technically Philly try to fill the void, but it seems to be a losing battle. Over the last two years years, the number of companies hiring at the event has remained consistent, but the number of job openings has doubled.

That is why I…

Tracey WelsonRossman

Mom, Wife, CMO of Chariot Solutions, Music Lover, and Founder of Opinions are my own

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