As the country struggles to attract more women to technology, an article in the Baltimore Business Journal this week explored how women tech leaders in Baltimore are encouraging diverse and inclusive work environments. Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtech@UMBC, and Zuly Gonzalez, founder and CEO of Light Point Security based in bwtech@UMBC, were featured in the article for the example they are setting for women entrepreneurs.
Gonzalez shared her experiences as a women in the cyber security industry, recounting the sexism she has faced in her career. However, she is determined to perverse, saying, “I try not to let that kind of thing affect me.” Hemmerly was also mentioned in the article as one of Baltimore’s several “strong female leaders who others can turn to for inspiration and mentorship.”
“We’re trying to build a stronger innovation economy in Baltimore and Maryland, and we have to harness all the talent and all the brainpower and all ideas to make it happen,” the article quoted Baltimore venture capitalist David Wise as saying. “It’s just common sense to be as inclusive as possible.”
Read “Leveraging leadership to get women to the top of Baltimore’s tech community” in the Baltimore Business Journal.