Ann Arbor, Mich., August 12, 2014 – Stout Systems, a leader in both the software engineering consulting and technical staffing sectors, has always recognized the importance of diversity in the workplace. They’ve also understood the value of encouraging and supporting women who are interested in pursuing careers in technical fields. As a result, Stout is proud to announce an increased level of organizational support for initiatives that are designed to encourage the growing contributions of women in technology-related fields.
As part of the company’s efforts, Stout has recently stepped up its support of the new Ann Arbor, Michigan chapter of the Girl Develop It (GDI) organization. For those unfamiliar with this group, Girl Develop It is an international non-profit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. GDI membership and events are open to women and men who share an interest in this vision.
“We recognize the significant and growing contribution that women are making in technical fields in general, and on the Stout team in particular,” said the company’s founder and President, John W. Stout. “We understand the immeasurable value of diversity in the workplace, and we are proud to support the efforts of organizations such as Girl Develop It that encourage the growing interests of women in pursuing technical careers.”
Previously, Stout had sponsored GDI’s “Mobile Development: A Whirlwind Tour” event, which was designed to provide an overview of the predominant mobile application development technologies to women (and men) who are interested in learning more about mobile application development.
On Wednesday July 30th, Peg Bogema, Stout’s Vice President of Operations, served as one of five volunteer panelists on GDI’s “Women In Technology Panel Discussion”. The goal of this event was to provide a forum for the discussion of issues facing women who are interested in pursuing and/or growing a career in a technical field. Ms. Bogema, a 22-year veteran of the software industry, and the other panelists discussed their views on topics that were presented by the audience of 60+ women and men. The panelists represented a unique mix of backgrounds, experience levels, career paths and viewpoints, and included web developers, mobile technologists, executive management, serial entrepreneurs, and women who returned to the technology workforce following an extended break to raise their children..