At the World Economic Forum week in Davos, the Mia, Mission Impact Academy co-founder Tarja Stephens was proud to contribute to the "Women & AI - Two Powerful Forces Changing the World" panel. This session, organized by the Women Inspiring Network alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ministry of Women & Child Development, united experts to discuss women's crucial role in advancing artificial intelligence (AI).
Insights and Innovations
The panel, featuring esteemed speakers such as Stuti Jalan, Rashmi Joshi, Faramarz Farhoodi, Mark Turrell, and Mia’s Tarja Stephens, covered essential topics for AI's future:
AI for Gender-Inclusive Workplaces: Advocating for work environments that advance gender equality through AI.
Empowering Women through Skills-Based Education: The importance of educational programs that prepare women with necessary AI skills.
Investing in Women-Led AI Ventures: The need for financial support for female entrepreneurs in AI.
Addressing the AI Skills Gap: Strategies to bridge the skills gap in the AI industry.
Establishing Regulatory Frameworks for Ethical AI: Creating policies for AI that protect and promote women's rights.
The discussion highlighted barriers women face in AI, especially those from non-technical backgrounds, such as biases in hiring, the scarcity of female mentors, and the devaluation of skills from unconventional learning paths.
Pathways to Empowerment
The panelists shared strategies to create inclusive AI education, including hands-on experience, leadership training, networking, personal AI portfolios, role models, and partnerships with employers.
The Importance of Economic Mobility
A significant addition to the discussion was the emphasis on economic mobility for diverse talent. Tarja Stephens highlighted this, stating:
"Economic mobility is fundamental in cultivating a diverse talent pool in AI. By providing opportunities for economic advancement, we enable more women and underrepresented groups to enter and excel in the AI field. This diversity is not just a moral imperative but a strategic advantage, driving innovation and creating solutions that reflect the needs of a broader population." - Tarja Stephens, Co-Founder of Mia, Mission Impact Academy
New AI Upskilling solutions - Mia Global AI Leadership Program
The Mia Global AI Leadership Program exemplifies these efforts, offering a 6-week online AI certificate program tailored for non-technical women. The program's success, with participants from over 20 countries, underscores the value of skills-based learning and community support in empowering women in AI.
The positive feedback from participants underscores the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at empowering women with AI skills and confidence. Inspired by the Davos panel, Mia is committed to developing programs that foster diversity and prepare the workforce for the future of AI.
"We are excited to be developing AI upskilling solutions for a diverse global workforce, highlighting the importance of women in AI. Our goal is to create a more inclusive and equitable AI future, focusing on economic mobility for diverse talent." Janna Salokangas, Co-Founder of Mia, Mission Impact Academy
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Mia is a pioneering Global AI Academy dedicated to empowering forward-thinking companies and non-technical women through education in AI and emerging technologies.
The company aims to upskill 1 million women in AI by 2030, driving economic mobility in the AI space.