Leanne Smullen, VP Marketing

Strategies: 

Partner with existing groups (company affinity groups, supervisory groups, local community organizations) to offer opportunities that women weren't aware of and to recruit and advance women into computing fields. This may involve efforts to change the image of computing or improving how the organization celebrates women's technical contributions and accomplishments.

In-reach means looking more closely at the women already on campus and those already working in your company to recruit from the inside. Women already connected to your organization can be motivated to study CS / IT majors or take on variety of technical corporate jobs when they receive direct motivation to do so.

Faculty, admissions staff, counselors, parents, mentors, managers, and peers are all powerful influencers of women's decisions to enter or stay in a technical career. Influencing the influencers provides an inflection point for causing them to consider their own biases or perceptions, and helping them encourage more women to pursue technical careers.

Organization Name: 
SpotXchange
Organization URL: 
http://www.spotxchange.com

At SpotXchange, we are committed to recruiting and retaining women in technology.  As a Pacesetter, we have aggressive goals to hire more women engineers, and we’re well on our way to exceeding our Pacesetter goals by 2015.  We're proud to let women know we’re a company that is hiring engineers, and we pay close attention to the number of women we hire.  We host events at our office like Girl Geek Dinners and Women Who Code, to introduce local women to SpotXchange and show them the fun, team-oriented environment we work in every day.  We communicate using social media to let people know that we’re a company that values diversity and that we’re actively seeking the best candidates; we want as many women engineers as possible to be part of our team! 

SpotXchange was a founding member of the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance, and was the first to purchase a red chair in support of the Sit With Me initiative, which was created by members of NCWIT to promote awareness of the importance of having women in technology by taking a seat to take a stand in their iconic Red Chair. Our leadership team at SpotXchange supports women in technology too. Both our CTO and VP of Engineering are committed to the NCWIT and Pacesetter vision, and as a team we're eager to continue an honest and open conversation about challenges and hopes for the future of women in tech.

Read more about the handful of ways SpotXchange leads the way as a startup focused on hiring and retaining technical women:   http://www.spotxchange.com/women-in-it/