The underrepresentation of women in entrepreneurship continues to be a disappointing conversation. While females now command 58% of the workforce and hold a higher number of bachelor and graduate degrees than their male counterparts, the number of IT jobs held by women has actually decreased over the last 25 years. However, there is a silver-lining, as female entrepreneurship is on the rise, starting businesses at a rate of 1.5 times the national average.
To kickstart an increased female tech workforce, national and state initiatives like STEM Georgia, Women in Technology and 1000 Girls 1000 Futures are encouraging women and girls to break through the homogeneous firewall and create a more opportunity in the future. Lucky for us ladies, Atlanta is a great place to be a female entrepreneur, as the city has been ranked the 10th largest metro area for women-owned firms. We already have some fierce female frontrunners, so here are a few of our favorite inspirational women who lead the way to show that Atlanta is a great city for women.
Jen Bonnett | Chief Chick
Lisa Calhoun | Enterprise Exit Extraordinaire
Hillery Champagne | Mobility Growth Gal
Bernie Dixon | Atlanta’s Startup Angel
Yvonne Druyeh Dodd | Personal Brand Booster
Allyson Eman | Sales Savant with Venture Vernacular
Marketing, communications, and sales savant with over 20 years of experience. Now longtime Executive Director of Venture Atlanta, the largest investment event in Atlanta connecting entrepreneurs to capital.
Rachel Ford | Former Founder turned Techstars Talent
Former startup founder turned freshly minted Program Manager of Techstars, a global ecosystem empowering entrepreneurs.
Amy Hoover | Strongbox Stronghold
Spearheaded shared space, Strongbox West, as Co-founder and Owner of the oldest and largest coworking space in town.
Karen Houghton | Community Connector
Director of Atlanta Tech Village acting as startup community connector at one of the 10 largest tech hubs in the US.
Titania Jordan | Social & Media Maven
Bronwyn Morgan | Strategic Innovation Idol
Erica Stanley | Fierce Female with Coding Chutzpah
Wei-Chun Tai | Venture Victor
Partner at the Mosley Ventures, a venture capital firm started by the grandfather of angel investing in Atlanta. Serial board member for over six companies and counting.
Pamela Vickers | Software Scholar Who Tackles Teaching
Anna Ruth Williams | PR Pundit
CEO of AR|PR, one of the fastest growing tech PR firms in the country and earned title of Early Stage Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.
Learn more about issues experienced by female founders at the Startup Grind Women in Entrepreneurship Panel, May 27 at 6:00 p.m.