In North America, women account for less than 20 percent of technology leadership. It is a challenging battle for women and the San Diego Business Journal is proud to honor so many local women who are changing these statistics. Many are also helping to mentor other women as they enter technology professions. Gender diversity is always a positive in any field, especially in tech where it has been hard for women to gain a significant foothold for far too long. Congratulations to all who are having an impact that is improving their companies and opening more doors for talented women to enter these competitive fields.
The San Diego Foundation and SDG&E recently announced a $42,000 grant to the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce to support a new initiative supporting Black women entrepreneurs in the San Diego region. Interested applicants can apply after July 1 on the chamber website:
“Black women entrepreneurs are among the fastest-growing group of women-owned businesses, but they still face the dual challenges of racial and gender discrimination,” said Tashonda Taylor, SDG&E’s vice president of customer operations.
The announcement came on April 15 – Jackie Robinson Day – and his number 42 was honored in the amount of the grant. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and was the first Black vice president of a major American corporation after his career in baseball.
This is separate from the Black Business Relief Grant Fund that was launched last summer by the chamber to provide relief to Black business owners hurt by the pandemic, which raised more than $1 million to provide assistance to more than 200 Black businesses.
Some more good news. San Diego unemployment numbers dropped again in March to 6.8% from the prior month’s 7.1% after seasonal adjustments, according to San Diego Workforce Partnership. Reopening of schools and jobs should push these numbers even lower in the coming months, according to the partnership.
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