Speaker: Lynn Langit, CEO, Lynn Langit Consulting LLC
2022's International Women's Day theme is #BreakTheBias. Can you speak to biases we can work to break in our communities and/or workplaces?
Lynn Langit: A bias that I'd like to address in the workspace is that the career progression for technical women is into supervising teams or management. I've been working in the field for many, many years, and although I dynamically gather teams for projects, I welcome leading teams as well as being part of technical teams. It's all about building. So something I've seen over the years is this opportunity to get more women involved in building at whatever level they are in their technical career, beginning mid career or senior.
Why is Women’s History Month important to you? How are you celebrating?
Lynn Langit: Women's History Month is important to me, because our history is one of women computing. whether it's Grace Hopper or Margaret Hamilton's or the many other women that came before us, women were the foundation of the field that I work in which is computer science.
What advice would you give to the next generation of women as they begin their careers?
Lynn Langit: I've been working as an independent cloud architect and developer for many, many years, and I'm often asked for advice for people starting in the field. And what I'd like to tell you is from the beginning, build what matters. One of the opportunities that I've had in my career is to pivot from some other domains, into supporting human health research, particularly during the pandemic. Nothing has been more meaningful in my entire career, been supporting researchers who are finding solutions to the Covid pandemic.