PHILADELPHIA & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Chasing Grace Project, a six-part documentary series about women in tech, and Comcast NBCUniversal today announced the premiere screening event for Chasing Grace Episode 2: Progress & the Power of Community, which will take place on November 19, 2018 at the historic Studio 8H at 30 Rock in New York City. Comcast NBCUniversal is the exclusive sponsor of the episode and will co-host the premiere.
Even though the tech sector is growing, the data show little, if any, progress for women in tech for more than a decade. More than 25 million American jobs are classified as tech jobs, and it’s anticipated that there will be 3.5 million U.S. computing-related job openings by 2026 according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Yet, just 25 percent of computing positions are held by women – representing a year-over-year decline since 1991 when it peaked at 36 percent. Additionally, 56 percent of women in computing occupations leave mid-career.
The Chasing Grace Project Episode 2: Progress & the Power of Community will explore where we do see progress – in the individual stories of women who have started companies, nonprofit organizations and women-in-tech groups. The episode will take an even deeper look at the power of community – including virtual and online communities and women in tech groups both inside and outside of companies – in helping women rise above the challenges they encounter when they do speak out, stand up or challenge the status quo.
The trailer for Episode 2 is being released today: https://vimeo.com/291425282
“The available data about how many women are working in tech is important but it tells only one part of the story. Real progress is incremental and takes time. That’s why it’s so important to shine a light on stories of women who are on the front lines and whose work and impact is being seen today and will be felt even deeper in the years and decades to come,” said Jennifer Cloer, creator and executive producer, The Chasing Grace Project. “It is these stories of courage, adversity and resilience that can inspire other women and begin to influence tech culture.”
“Comcast NBCUniversal is pleased to partner with The Chasing Grace Project as a whole, and especially on this important episode,” said Noopur Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast, and Advisory Board Member of Comcast NBCUniversal’s TECHWomen organization. “We are proud of our employees – women and men alike – for sharing their personal stories as part of The Chasing Grace Project in the hopes of inspiring greater numbers of intelligent, curious young women to enter and grow their careers in technology.”
“We’re grateful for Comcast’s support for The Chasing Grace Project. Their work on inclusivity and diversity stands out in the tech industry and our collaboration is an incredible asset to the Project,” said Cloer.
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Series sponsors include Cloud Foundry Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Intel, Red Hat and The Linux Foundation. Friends of the Project include eBay, Cloudability, the Gorge Tech Alliance, the OpenStack Foundation, PDX Women in Tech, WICT Midwest, WICT Philadelphia and Women of NW Power.
About The Chasing Grace Project
The Chasing Grace Project is a docuseries about women in tech. It aims to recruit and retain women for the tech industry and to give women a platform to be seen and heard for their experiences. It is produced by reTHINKit Media, which is founded by creator and executive producer Jennifer Cloer and producer and editor Gary Schillinger.
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