Increasing Access to Tech Careers

While job seekers are up-skilling and looking for new opportunities, employers need to reexamine what they might unconsciously be doing that isolates them from reaching under served populations.

If hiring a diverse workforce were easy, everyone would do it.

Knowing how to source and hire diverse talent in tech is an industry best practice that takes skill and experience to develop. Studies show that companies with diverse teams consistently outperform monolith ones because they have more tools at their disposal for success. Professionals from diverse backgrounds have faced and overcome challenges that make them inherently more valuable assets to a well-rounded business.

On July 20th, 2021, Computer Futures and Breaking the Glass teamed up to help businesses explore solutions for improving their talent pipeline and optimize their selection criteria to attract diverse talent. A panel of experts gave us their insight and advice for how the tech industry treats diversity and how you can become a leader in changing the industry for the better.

Watch the Recorded Session on the Breaking the Glass Website

Breaking The Glass was founded by Computer Futures recruiters to tackle gender disparity challenges in the tech industry through community programs, professional development, and networking for women in tech and their allies. We are proud to partner with the most innovative brands in tech to bring these valuable programs to their companies and communities across the country. Computer Futures’ investment in Breaking The Glass is one of many commitments we make to drive progress and equality for all.

You will hear all about:

  • The value of hiring outside the box
  • What top IT professionals want in an employer in 2021
  • How to compare two candidates for a role with a diversity lens
  • What to look for in the mirror of a diverse employer
  • Strategies to optimize your online presence to attract diverse talent

Why should you listen?

  • People with different opinions and experiences make an invaluable impact within an organization
  • You want to be a company on the right side of history
  • In 2021, employers need to embrace equality or be left behind
  • Even highly diverse companies need to audit themselves periodically

Meet our Panelists

Ming Waters, Senior Director of Data Engineering at Capital One

Ming Waters leads a team of talented data analysts, product managers and software/data engineers building Enterprise Monitoring, Machine Learning and Analytics Solutions for Capital One Technology and Risk Teams. She joined Capital One in 2013 after working for several years in chemical manufacturing as a research chemist. Her love for data and data modeling helped her transition easily from manufacturing to IT where she applied her experience to build machine learning applications that detect and predict system and customer failures. She also leads the product management and analytics teams that manage Capital One's Enterprise Monitoring platforms.


Carrie Goetz, Chief Technology Officer at StrategITcom

Carrie Goetz, Principal/CTO, StrategITcom, personifies nearly 40 years of global experience designing, running and auditing, data centers, IT departments, and intelligent buildings. She is an international keynote speaker, is published in 69 countries in over 250 publications, holds an honorary doctorate in Mission Critical Operations, and is a Master Infrastructure Mason with 40+ certifications.

Carrie volunteers on the WIMCO national education committee and a long-time participant in 7x24 Exchange, AFCOM and Data Center Institute board of advisors, Mission Critical Advisory Board, Women in Data Centers, Cnet Technical Curriculum Advisory Board, NEDAS Advisory Board, a member of BICSI, Women in BICSI, and an Education committee member, and a member of Women Leading Technology Sorority. She is the chapter chair and college and women outreach officer for ASIS MS and a frequent mentor in the industry, championing STEM education through outreach projects and her podcast series.

Fostering women in tech, StrategITcom is founded with a charter to ensure that 50% of employees are women and 50% of all partner referrals will go to women or diversely owned enterprises. Carrie is fractional CTO to multiple companies. She holds one telecommunications patent. She was recently named in the top 10 most influential women in technology 2020 by Analytics Insight, honored as a Network Computing Inspiration Award finalist 2020, IMason’s IM100, and 2020 Comptia Women in Leadership Spotlight Finalist.


Gauri Ramesh, Software Engineer at Microsoft

Gauri Ramesh is a software engineer at Microsoft, working on Microsoft 365, where she has worked since graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Computer Science degree in May 2020. Gauri enjoys dedicating time to increasing access to STEM education and promoting an equitable workplace. During college, she helped co-found Girls Code Lincoln, a nonprofit to teach girls and nonbinary children how to code through a combination of creativity and building confidence. Gauri enjoys mentoring people new to software engineering, exploring open-source projects, building her public-speaking skills, and learning new things through reading books.


Moderator: Tyler Miracle, Business Intelligence Recruitment Consultant at Computer Futures

Tyler Miracle has been managing Business Intelligence and Analytics staffing partners with Computer Futures Washington DC for nearly 3 years. Over the years he has been completely immersed in the world of data through local User Groups, conferences across the US, and working with clients like The Home Depot, Charter Communications, and Lidl who are utilizing data in innovative ways. His overarching goal is to ensure all his clients have access to the top candidates in the market to solves their business problems and provide as much value as possible. The key to his success is focusing on the Four Principles of Big Data and applying them to staffing. In relation to staffing, these principles include the volume of data around the ideal candidate, working at peak velocity to avoid slowing down deliverables, finding a variety of different types of candidates, and finally integrity and quality on our candidates. With the help of Elizabeth Lam, Breaking the Glass, and our speakers we hope to expand access to new tools, strategies, and overall learning potential for candidates navigating the barriers to entry in data currently.


Whether you’re a professional looking for a job or a business seeking highly skilled talent, the team at Computer Futures are here for you. By combining our local expertise and specialist market knowledge, we can provide expert recruitment and employment solutions across a range of IT markets.

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