The United State of Women Summit
Earlier this week the White House convened the United State of Women Summit, an initiative to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. The Summit also focused on the future and what’s needed to continually make a collective difference on gender equality. It featured programming on key topics including:
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Educational Opportunity
- Health & Wellness
- Violence Against Women
- Economic Empowerment
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
There were keynote speeches from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. The Summit also featured many notable speakers across a variety of industries who gave presentations on the key topics.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
“Women today make up nearly 29 percent of all U.S. business owners, and according to data from U.S. Census Bureau, women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise. U.S. business ownership rose 27.5 percent for women, and overall, America added one million net, new businesses from 2007 to 2012, a period in which U.S. employment fell by 3.8 million. The data also shows that women-owned businesses increased their receipts by 35 percent.”
The legal technology industry was traditionally a man’s game however, women are gaining more ground day by day in a variety of roles RVM is proud to be one of a few woman-owned and operated eDiscovery Service Providers. Cheryl Brunetti, RVM’s Executive Chairwoman, successfully manages the business of the company and has led RVM to as the recent distinction of being named the Best End-to-End eDiscovery Service Provider.
On Stem Education
“The Obama Administration has placed an emphasis on helping to increase access to and support for women and girls who want to enter into STEM fields, which…are projected to grow at faster rates than other job sectors, and are vital to our nation’s global competitiveness. Like other areas, the STEM fields are only at their best when we tap the best possible talent, including women… The President and this Administration are committed to changing the STEM landscape to be more inclusive and diverse and have already made some progress thanks for public and private sector efforts, but we can and must do more.”
Sheila Li is RVM’s Director of Software Development at RVM Enterprises, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication Management and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. As the Director of Software Development, Sheila is responsible for RVM’s software development activities supporting its eDiscovery services. In this role, Sheila leads the effort to develop and support RVM’s portfolios of proprietary and best-of-breed eDiscovery tools, allowing RVM to continually provide the best service and solutions to its clients.
Recognizing the need and the importance of platforms for women in legal and legal technology, ecosystems have been created to advocate for and support women. Two such organizations include Women in eDiscovery (WiE) and, Women To Know.
Today We’ll Change Tomorrow
When women continue to empower women to educate themselves and take on bigger responsibilities in fields traditionally occupied by men, the numbers can only go up.
Women have made extraordinary strides and over the past fifty years and treading new paths along the way. Many women have been recognized for their pioneering efforts; others hold executive and ownership positions, and play a major role reshaping corporate America. Still there’s more to do – supporting initiatives like United State of Women and others ensures a collective participation in making a difference on gender equality issues.