The Ridgefield Library will host a Women in Technology Career Panel, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the library’s main program room at 472 Main Street. Confirmed panelists include Sharon Peters, GVP of Marketing at Charter Communications; Dawn DeCosta, founder and owner of Tech Savvy; and Suchitra Joshi, Director for Smarter Computing Solutions in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. One of Joshi’s “colleagues” at IBM is Watson, and she hopes to have the supercomputer on hand to answer a few questions.
Participants will talk about the role technology plays in their jobs, how they got into their current field and position, and what advice they would give to young women considering a tech-based career. They will also give their perspectives on how to survive in a male-dominated field where marginalization and even harassment of women remains commonplace. Ridgefield High School senior Omika Suryawanshi, a veteran of the Library’ Girls Who Code club, has organized this event and will serve as moderator. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and to talk with them following the presentation.