Diversity in the Technical Community: How Corporate Culture can make a difference

Date Duration
11/14 45 min

To access the webinar click on: https://zoom.us/j/561524209


Glass ceilings, sticky floors and impostor syndrome are some of the terms used to when problematizing why we see less women in the field of technology and in positions of leadership across the Internet Industry.

Corporate Culture may hold some answers as to why we see this phenomenon, and how we may tackle it. This webinar will focus on how companies and organizations in the Internet industry may contribute to creating more diverse teams by promoting inclusive and safe work environments.

Radia Perlman, most famous for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol (STP), will be the webinar's main speaker. As part of her keynote speech in LACNIC 31, she touched upon how corporate culture can be transformative to allow more plurality in the work space and technical community as whole. This webinar will offer the possibility to dive deeper in to her views and experience on the subject.
This webinar is organized by IT Women, LACNIC's initiative to promote greater diversity and female participation in the Technical Community in the LAC region.

This is an activity open to the general public.


Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman is a graduate in mathematics and programming from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). While working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1984, she developed the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), which is essential for the operation of network bridges. In addition, she actively participated in the development of DECnet IV and V protocols, made contributions to the Connectionless Network Protocol (CLNP), collaborated in network routing standards development and helped improve the routing protocol from intermediate to intermediate system, used in the Internet Protocol (IP).

During her work at DEC, she worked as network engineer in Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) and specialize in network and security protocols. She currently works at DELL EMC, where she has created the TRILL protocol, which allows correcting some of the shortcomings of her Spanning Tree Protocol.