Celebrating Women in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day
October 9, 2018
A Day of Inspiration
Since 2009, professionals from around the world have celebrated the second Tuesday of October as Ada Lovelace Day. Named in honor of the world’s first computer programmer, the day honors the achievements of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, I would like to join the voices of women across the globe and share my support of women in STEM.
When I was growing up, I didn’t anticipate a career in STEM. Gender stereotypes and expectations led me in a different direction, and I fully expected to become a teacher. That changed in my senior year of high school, when I took a career placement test that clearly pointed to my potential as a computer programmer. That test opened my eyes to my potential and helped me select a college major putting me on a path toward software development.
That decision led me to a successful and fulfilling career in Information Technology. Starting as a software developer, I have gradually transitioned from coding into project management roles and now serve as an executive of software engineering and technology at CoreLogic.
In spite of my own achievements, I have always found myself in the minority as a woman in a technology career, but there’s no reason for that to continue. In my experience, women demonstrate strong analytical skills and frequently bring a greater degree of organization and structure to the projects they work on. What better example do we need than Ada Lovelace herself to show what women can offer?
One of the reasons why I love working at CoreLogic is our enthusiasm for tapping that potential. We recruit top talent from diverse backgrounds and promote a culture of inclusivity to foster the spark of innovation. We offer educational programs, leadership training and opportunities to work with the latest technology. CoreLogic also sponsors a Women in Leadership forum and training to advance the careers of high-performing women. With our dual career path structure, women can choose to follow an individual contributor career path and advance their careers as far as those who choose a management track.
Now is an excellent time for women to flourish in STEM and be a part of the leading edge of technology. As we embrace the next generation of cloud computing, exploring a new technological frontier, we will need the contributions of a new generation of female STEM pioneers in the tradition of Ada Lovelace. Only then can we realize our full potential.
By Kim Wright, Executive, Software Engineering and Technology, CoreLogic