Women in Business: Women Empowering Women

Woman sitting in chair staring at ppl trimmedThe tech industry is still very much a man’s field, although women gain more ground day by day. According to HR&A Advisors, Inc.’s latest report,
titled The New York City Tech Ecosystem, women barely fill over a quarter of tech jobs even with holding 41 percent of science and engineering degrees. Men outnumber women 7 to 3 in tech jobs in the Big Apple—and nationwide.

Notwithstanding their small representation, women have been treading new paths in the eDiscovery universe, and many have been recognized for their pioneering efforts. These women hold today executive and/or ownership positions, and play a major role reshaping the industry.

Women in today’s society cannot be viewed as they were fifty years ago. For centuries, “the role of woman was to be the nurturing institution for her children, the rock foundation for her husband, and the soldier fighting against the suffering of the world”. Now, they have become important financial contributors within their households, and major thought leaders within their companies.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of business owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States. The WBENC certification standard is the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. RVM is proud of its WBENC certification. Cheryl Brunetti, RVM’s Executive Chairwoman, owns and manages the business of the company, and has led RVM to a recent win as the Best End-to-End eDiscovery Service Provider.

In 2007, Margaret Havinga, Lana Schell and Shawna Childress founded Women in eDiscovery (WiE). WiE has over 5,000 members and more than 30 chapters. WiE provides a platform for dialogue to advocate the viewpoints of professional women in the legal industry, and address the issues affecting the application of technology in their roles at work and at home.

Women continue to rise to the top, even if they still remain outnumbered. In a recent interview for Inc. Magazine, Reshma Saujani, Susan Lyne and Ingrid Vanderveldt discussed how to get women more involved in the tech industry. To them, the biggest trigger for change is to talk about women’s issues, and expose the number of women employed in tech companies. Women also share problems specific to women, and the best way to solve them is to turn to women for education and guidance. Finally, mentorship plays a very important role to overcome insecurities brought on by a smaller female presence in the workplace.

These past few years, we have seen women become high-ranked executives of companies like Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, IBM, Xerox Corp., Google or Oracle. The tech world is changing because of women influencing it. And 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.