Knocking Down Barriers in Tech


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Women in tech have the right to succeed and the responsibility to help others.

Welcome to another empowering episode of the Empower Hour for Change Makers Podcast! In this episode, we focus on “Knocking Down Barriers for Women in Technology” with our special guest, Debra Christmas, Senior Executive Partner with Gartner and co-author of the influential book, Please Join – There’s no Place Like Tech,” written with Kelley Irwin.

Debra shares her inspiring journey through the tech industry, discussing the challenges she has faced, the barriers she has overcome, and the powerful networks she has built along the way. Her story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the importance of community and mentorship in achieving success.

Tune in as Debra provides valuable tips and techniques for girls, their parents, and teachers to foster a supportive environment for young women in tech. She delves into the importance of building a strong community, the transformative power of mentorship, and the potential for girls to make a significant impact in the tech world.

Whether you’re a young girl dreaming of a career in tech, a parent looking to support your child’s interests, or an educator aiming to encourage the next wave of female tech leaders, this episode is for you. We particularly aim to inspire women who aspire to enter the tech field and to boost their confidence in pursuing rewarding careers in this dynamic industry.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Debra’s personal journey and achievements in the tech industry.
  • The challenges and barriers women face in tech and how to overcome them.
  • Practical tips and techniques for girls, parents, and teachers to support young women in tech.
  • The importance of community and mentorship in building a successful career in technology.
  • Insights from Debra’s book, Please Join – There’s No Place Like Tech,” and how it can inspire and empower women in tech.

Join us for an engaging conversation as we open the door to dialogue, exchange ideas, and celebrate the incredible opportunities available in the tech profession. There’s no place like tech, and we’re excited to have you with us on this journey. Let’s dive in and start knocking down barriers together!

Listen now on your favorite podcast platform.

About Our Changemaker Expert Debra Christmas

Debra Christmas is a seasoned leader in the high-tech field. Her 40-plus-year career has encompassed sales, consulting, support channels and managing all aspects of information technology.  Debra is a Senior Executive Partner with Gartner, working with senior executives on executing their strategies, developing their teams, making technology investment decisions and their personal leadership development. Before joining Gartner Canada, Debra was Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Software Technical Sales for North and South America.

She is the co-author of Please Stay: How Women in Tech Survive and Thrive released in the fall of 2020 and “We Rise In Power: Amplifying Women of Color and Her Voices for Change” released on IWD, March 8 th 2023. Two additional books “Get Smarter Faster” and “Please Join: There’s No Place Like Tech” are targeted for release in 2024. She has travelled the world as a facilitator for Manager Milestones, an innovative leadership development program and recipient of the Brandon Hall Gold Excellence Award for Learning.  She is a trained Co-Active and John Maxwell Leadership Coach and is certified in Tilt365 and The Leadership Circle, a comprehensive leadership assessment framework based on the book “Mastering Leadership”. She is currently Chair of The Canadian Black Standard and on an on the Board of Trustees for Women of the Future.

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