Women of Color in Media Tech: Leaning in to break the barriers for career growth and opportunities
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Tulika Biswas
Panel Topic: Women of Color in Media Tech: Leaning in to break the barriers for career growth and opportunities.

Panel Summary: The panel will consist of women of color working in media technology industries. Being a woman of color working in media technology presents its own context, cultural nuances, and challenges. The panelists will provide their experience of working in this industry. They will share their journeys to provide insights and learnings for others on how to break the barriers and to survive and be successful in the industry.

Panel Goals & Objectives : It is now widely known that compared to men, women must work longer to climb the corporate ladder. According to a report done by Skillsoft in 2021 (link here), men at leadership roles have 15-20 years of experience, while women have 26 years or more on the job. Media and entertainment industry is no different, but a silver lining is that it tracks better than other industries in general in women representation. According to an extensive study done by McKinsey & Company in 2020 (link here) women make up 49 percent of the total workforce in media and entertainment which is slightly higher than tech industries in general. However, digging into the numbers a bit shows that most that most of these women are concentrated in entry-level positions. Further, even though women hold 27 percent of C-suite roles in media and entertainment, women of color hold only 4 percent of those positions. Women of color also reported experiencing microaggressions at higher rates than their white peers. The goal of this panel will be to bring forth a panel of women on color/ non-white to talk about their perspective of working in media industry and what we can do as a group to reduce this gap.

Location Name
Salon 1
Session Type 2020
Take-Aways from this Presentation
Intended Audience Take-Aways: If you are a woman of color working in media tech • Learnings from successes and failures from panelists • How to be reach and be successful to be at senior or C-suite level? • How to approach microaggressions? • How can we foster a network to help each other? • How can we approach management for tactical changes in corporate behavior?