September 23


Over the past year and a half, the pandemic made it painfully clear that inequalities for women and communities of color must be addressed in every industry. Although technology and government aren’t the only sectors that need to revise the systemic barriers holding these workers back, the problem is apparent to all. One stark example: Women remain woefully underrepresented in the technology industry. Despite making up about half of the total U.S. workforce, they hold only about 25 percent of jobs in tech — and we need to change that.

On Sept. 23, Government Technology will host a conversation among pioneering female leaders in technology aimed at providing access to underrepresented talent and increasing diversity in government IT. Join us at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern for an interactive discussion that will tackle today’s most challenging issues including:

  • Developing strategies for strengthening the recruitment and retention of women in public-sector technology jobs
  • Launching effective mentorship and allyship initiatives
  • Meeting the critical need to create more diverse government IT teams

You’ll also learn more about Google Cloud's Public Sector Women's Collective -- a forum for women in technology to connect, learn, converse, strategize and grow. Register now for this timely and essential webcast.


Sandra Beattie

Sandra Beattie

First Deputy Director, New York State Division of the Budget

Sandra Beattie is First Deputy Director of the New York State Division of the Budget (DOB). She is responsible for supporting the overall development and management of New York State’s fiscal policy, including the preparation of budget recommendations for all State agencies and programs, economic and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning, capital financing, and management of the State’s debt portfolio. In addition, from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Beattie played a central role in New York State’s response, including the procurement of personal protective equipment, the fight for federal funding, and delivering new technology to support the vaccination and program and to launch the Excelsior Pass, a digital proof of vaccination. Ms. Beattie holds a BA in political Science from Emmanuel College in Boston and an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany, and has previously worked for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, Deloitte Consulting, and she started her career with DOB working in Albany and as DOB’s Washington, DC–based representative in the New York State Office of Federal Affairs.

Melonie Parker

Melonie Parker

Chief Diversity Officer and Employee Engagement Director, Google

Melonie Parker is Google's chief diversity officer and director of employee engagement. Melonie has an extensive HR background spanning ~20 years. In her 4 years at Google, she has been a people partner and director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to joining Google, Melonie served as the vice president of human resources & communications at Sandia National Laboratories and also spent 17 years in a variety of Lockheed Martin business areas, locations and progressive leadership roles that touched on employee relations, staffing, EEO/Affirmative Action, diversity programs, compensation, benefits and K-12 outreach initiatives. Melonie received a BA in mass communications from Hampton University and an MA in human resources from Villanova University.

Cathilea Robinett

Cathilea Robinett — Moderator

President & CEO, e.Republic

Cathilea is CEO of e.Republic, where she oversees operations for the company’s award-winning media platforms: Governing, Government Technology and Emergency Management. Cathilea also oversees e.Republic’s websites, conferences and events, and its national research and advisory groups: the Center for Digital Government, the Center for Digital Education and the Governing Institute.

In 2014 Cathilea directed the launch of the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program, an innovative initiative that encourages future generations of women to participate in public service.

Cathilea is a frequent speaker for government and education organizations worldwide, including the United Nations, Harvard University, the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the World Congress on Information Technology. She has been quoted frequently in publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes and others.

Cathilea is a recipient of NASCIO’s National Technology Champion Award for her outstanding contributions to advance public sector information technology innovation. She is also the winner of an Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is a Greater Sacramento Business Hall of Fame Laureate.