Lucrative jobs in STEM-related fields are projected to increase by 17 percent by 2024. However, just 18 percent of American computer-science college degrees go to women and only 14 percent of engineers in today’s workforce are female. To connect talented businesswomen and men in automotive and other tech-reliant sectors, DENSO and Inforum, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the careers of women and building talent initiatives at companies, are partnering to host the “Women of Inforum@CES” event Jan. 9 at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“DENSO remains committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the automotive technology and mobility space. Having a diverse workforce enables greater innovative thinking, brings different perspectives to the decision-making process and accelerates the pace of R&D,” said Kara Grasso, vice president of DENSO International America Inc. “As our industry evolves, the need for talented workers in STEM-related fields will continue to increase, and we’re thrilled to partner with Inforum to offer this opportunity for so many passionate, tech-focused professionals to connect at CES.”
Created in 1962 and originally known as the Women’s Economic Club, Inforum aims to help women advance in the workplace through education, networking, support and speaking opportunities. The 501(c)(3) educational and charitable nonprofit has over 25 affinity groups around Southeast and West Michigan where women can meet and build connections. At the event, corporate partners and members of Inforum and its AutomotiveNEXT Executive Committee, along with others who are invested in building the best talent pipelines and fostering workplace cultures that value diversity and inclusion, will be in attendance.
“We work tirelessly to elevate women’s careers and help create focused industry groups in growing and rewarding fields, such as automotive, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. Because of this, it’s a natural fit for us to be at CES, and we look forward to connecting with women and men from all over the world at one of the most highly anticipated conferences of the year,” said Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum.
Those interested in attending the Women of Inforum@CES event can RSVP by emailing [email protected]. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in DENSO’s booth No. 4619 in the North Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. DENSO also will be showcasing the future of mobility through advanced automotive technologies at CES from Jan. 8-11.