For every 285 Asian women in technology, only 1 Asian woman is ever promoted to the executive level. Diversity keynote speaker Cathryn Patterson spent 20 years rising through the ranks of the tech and engineering world often as the sole woman or person of color on her team. By rising up the corporate ladder she learned what makes diverse teams work.
The lack of diversity on tech teams is not due to a lack of qualified BIPOC talent — it’s because the job seekers and recruiters often miss each other. For many companies, this means that STEM teams lose out on new voices, innovation, and people-driven development.
With the onset of the pandemic, Cathryn set out to help connect other women, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQ+ community with tech and engineering jobs. Her edutainment videos on TikTok and YouTube quickly amassed an audience of millions.
Today, Cathryn is a DEI speaker and advises top tech, engineering, and recruiting companies on building diverse teams and workplace cultures that allow for greater inclusion and innovation.
Cathryn Patterson is a former Tech VP with over 20 years in the technology and engineering industry. Today, she is a DE&I keynote speaker and viral TikTok content creator who advocates for disadvantaged groups such as women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ members seeking better STEM opportunities and jobs in technology.
As one of the few Asian female leaders in technology, Cathryn overcame the opportunity divide working at Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, leading countless teams, and delivering multi-million dollar projects to clients like the VA and USAA.
When the COVID-19 pandemic put millions out of work, Cathryn wanted to use her experience to help job seekers find better opportunities, increase their career literacy, and get a job in tech. Cathryn posted her first TikTok video in April of 2020 as @iCathryn, and it went viral. Her videos have since garnered millions of views, and Cathryn has helped millions more all over the world find success through unique, tech-driven ways.Learn More