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By Tiffany Moore

Women In Tech

We need to ensure that we are
showing girls the opportunities that
are available to them in STEM fields.
Young girls should be learning about
robotics and coding just like their
male counterparts.
Q Can you talk about the Women's Q How can we get girls

Susan Brooks
-Congresswoman (R-IN)

community and industry-
consumers in both rural
and urban areas will have
greater access to new and
emerging technologies
like precision agriculture,
telemedicine and self-driving
cars. It means the opportunity
for faster emergency response
times that can save lives.
5G also will create millions of
new jobs, boost our economy

Q What does being named

a CTA Digital Patriot mean to you?
A Being a 2018 Digital Patriot
Award Recipient is an honor
and privilege. I am thrilled
at the opportunity to accept
this award and redouble my
efforts to support new and
emerging technologies by
working together with my
colleagues on both sides of
the aisle and other stakeholders
to foster innovation and
economic growth for decades
to come. In Indiana, we are
seeing accelerated growth
in the tech sector thanks to
companies like TechPoint and
Launch Fishers. Salesforce
recently came to Indianapolis
and we are the second largest
hub outside of San Francisco.
We've also seen a 30 percent
increase in software jobs.
I'm very proud of my community
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and maintain our country's
global leadership, which will
help every American community. In my district, Indianapolis
is an AT&T test site for 5G
evolution build out and the
network was launched last year.
There's also a new IoT Lab
launching in Fishers, IN. I look
forward to seeing the positive
changes that will come as
a result of 5G and IoT.
and hope to see continued
growth and innovation in
Indiana and other communities
across the nation.

Q Why did you
run for Congress?

A I was approached by

young people in my party who
wanted to see a change of
leadership in our state. Since
I was elected to represent
Hoosiers in the Fifth District of
Indiana, I've worked to represent
their values and priorities while
also showing girls and women
that our voices matter, too.
Having women hold leadership
positions in the public and
private sectors is crucial
because all issues are women's
issues, and women bring
different perspectives
to the resolution of tough
challenges facing the nation.

High Tech Coalition?

A Co-chairing the Women's

interested in STEM?

A We have a serious skills gap in

High Tech Coalition (WHTC)
with Congresswoman Suzan
DelBene is something I take
pride in and truly enjoy. We host
events like "Teach a Girl to Tech,"
where we talk to young girls
about pursuing careers in STEM,
and "Women in Wireless,"
where we receive an update from
high-powered female leaders from
the industry. We recently did an
event with a newly formed group
called "The Bridge," which is
a network of tech and political
professionals shaping the future
course for how politics and tech
collaborate. My work with WHTC
provides an opportunity to connect with incredible women and
girls, and I always have fun and
learn a lot at each of our events.

our communities, where we have
more STEM jobs available than we
do qualified people to fill those
jobs. Currently, men dominate the
STEM workforce and we need to
ensure that we are showing girls,
starting from a young age, the
number of cool opportunities that
are available to them in STEM
fields. Young girls should be
learning about robotics and coding
just like their male counterparts.
Policymakers, parents and
community leaders need to
encourage schools, service
groups, churches and other
programs in our local communities
to emphasize the importance
of STEM to girls at a young age to
help foster a deeper desire of
learning in tech fields.

Q What advances in health care

Q How can we ensure our work-

do you find most interesting?
A Innovation at the intersection
of health and technology is
fascinating. With IoT, many
medical devices are becoming
connected. For example, diabetes
patients can use connected
glucose monitors and track their
insulin levels on their smartphones.
We are also seeing more high-tech
and connected devices used
in research and hospitals. I recently
had the opportunity to see
some of this innovation first hand
when visiting IU Methodist
Hospital and Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
I had the opportunity to
watch a heart valve replacement
and it was incredible to see
how much technology was used
during the procedure.

force is prepared for the future?

A Today, access to a computer

is crucial for developing skills
that are necessary to enter and
compete in the workforce.
The digital divide makes it harder
for students learning and living
in communities across this country
without broadband access. As
more curriculum and testing shift
online, we need to ensure students
in rural communities aren't lagging
behind their peers. Similarly,
schools that serve low-income
youth need technology in the
classroom. Business leaders can
help to bridge this digital divide by
partnering with schools to help
students and teachers better
understand the skills they need to
compete for 21st century jobs.



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