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Q&a: What Separates Women From Men in Tech Careers

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HP Cloud Evangelist Margaret Dawson

"There isn't one path leading to tech," says HP's Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist Margaret Dawson.

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In an interview, HP Cloud Services vice president of product marketing and cloud evangelist Margaret Dawson discusses the technology gender divide. Dawson says girls are directed away from computers at an early age, limiting their options over time.

Although many people believe a tech career equates to being an "IT guy," there are many paths to working in computer science, according to Dawson. "People tend to think, 'I don't have a computer science degree,' or, 'I can't code,' but we need more business and go-to-market brains too," Dawson says, noting many different personalities and skills are necessary in the technology industry.

Technology leaders should find women with potential and encourage them to push their boundaries, because sometimes women lack the confidence to do so otherwise, she says. "I can tell you that one of the things that separates men from women is this willingness to take huge risks," Dawson says. "I think it has to do with giving women permission to be who they are; if they love video games or technology, we should be embracing that."

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