Black women in tech: Competitive survival lies in the business of Earth maintenance - Generocity Philly

Method

May 4, 2018 11:27 am

Black women in tech: Competitive survival lies in the business of Earth maintenance

A cognitive psychologist and and startup founder dished on Black women's future in tech for good at a #PTW18 panel.

"Sisters in the Struggle" panel.

(Photo by Ebonee Johnson)

As the director of the new Center for Inclusive Competitiveness at Temple University’s College of Engineering, cognitive psychologist Dr. Jamie Bracey has chatted with developmental tech businesses around the globe and believes there is a key sector from which Black women are largely absent: the business of maintaining the Earth.

“The world I’m in, the number one issue is global climate change,” Bracey said during Wednesday’s “Sisters in the Struggle: The Marginalized Power of Black Women Tech Founders” panel, hosted by Mogulette founder Brigitte Daniel at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Organizations ask, “‘Can you provide food, energy, water’ — [but] white boys are taking this.”

Women of color aren’t participating in the most beneficial and socially impactful sectors, she said.

According to Bracey, although Black women are “the most hustling people on the planet,” she believes “we haven’t been competitive socially, we have not been competitive professionally, we haven’t been competitive economically.”

Despite the fact that Black women owned a majority of all minority-women-owned business in 2017, they are consistently bringing in the least amount of relative revenue ($56 billion, compared to Latinas at $103 billion and Asian Americans at $188 billion). These numbers indicate Black women’s apparent lack of competitiveness may stem more from a lack of significant investment into these business, rather than from a lack of will or knowledge.

Like Bracy, Stimulus founder Tiffanie Stanard also believes the professional — and therefore, economic and social — future for Black women lies in their ability to create successful businesses in what she refers to as the “scalable tech” field. (Scalability represents a firm’s ability “to maintain or even increase its level of performance or efficiency when tested by larger operational demands.”)

From our Partners

Stanard said many Black women who enter the tech field focus on “sexy tech” — the latest apps, the coolest web function — but she believes the key to remaining truly competitive in the tech field lies in focusing on those ventures that won’t succumb to the ebb and flow of popular trends, as well as creating practicable solutions to issues that affect large-scale populations.

That includes the business of sustainably increasing food production and developing new technologies for clean water supply, but also less glamorous fields such as waste management.

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

From our Partners

Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County

RealLIST Impact: Meet 45 Philadelphia-area leaders whose work makes a difference

Scribe explores oral history in ‘Power Politics’ series, funds emerging media makers

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County

Boothwyn, PA

Daudlin Search

Chief Operating Officer – CAADC

Apply Now
Philadelphia

ArtWell

Executive Director

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

SteegeThomson Communications

Creative Content Coordinator

Apply Now

Adult learners need digital literacy, too

How to create a CSR initiative built to last

cinéSPEAK and the future of cinema in West Philly

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Village of the Arts seeks to deepen and scale its impact as it reflects on its legacy

Remote considered for some areas

Institute for Market Transformation

Development Manager

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA (Hybrid Role)

Temple University Career Center

Senior Career Coach

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)

Reentry Coordinator

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity