Thursday, March 23, 2017

Diversity in tech gets a boost with LGBT conference Venture Out - NOW MAGAZINE

by Michelle Da Silva
Originally published: March 21, 2017
Publisher: nowtoronto.com

Jeanette Stock has worked in Toronto’s tech industry for about a year. The 25-year-old Queen’s University grad is a customer success manager at Pressly, a content platform startup based in Liberty Village. She also happens to be queer.

Stock and a group of volunteers have organized the city’s first tech and entrepreneurship conference geared towards people who identify as LGBTQ. Venture Out, which is part of Start Proud – an organization that facilitates professional development in the LGBTQ community – takes over the MaRS Discovery District on March 27.

“We realized a lot of LGBTQ students don’t consider startups as a career because they don’t see themselves as ‘tech’ people,” says Stock. “I didn’t even know there was queer female leadership at tech companies in Toronto until I joined.”