Zoho’s Zoho meeting with women has been the subject of an online kerfuffle, with the conference’s keynote speaker being accused of sexist remarks.
The first day of the annual meeting of the Women in Technology International, a trade group representing women in technology, took place Monday, with some attendees tweeting out comments from attendees and others complaining about the conference.
One Twitter user said: “I have to say this is not the Zoho of old.
It is the Zohos of tomorrow.
The #ZohoMeeting was a disaster. “
I know I am not alone.
The #ZohoMeeting was a disaster.
I think it was a mistake to hold the event at a women-only venue, even if it was the most prestigious conference in the world.”
The conference has since been removed from the Zuho website, but not before some of the complaints about the event have been picked up by other Twitter users. “
The conference was supposed to celebrate the rise of women in tech, but instead, it was filled with men who think women should only be hired for their skills and not for the skills they bring to the table.”
The conference has since been removed from the Zuho website, but not before some of the complaints about the event have been picked up by other Twitter users.
Zoho CEO Stephanie Gelfand, speaking to attendees in an open discussion, said she had not been involved in the discussions over the past few days, and that the conference was intended to “celebrate the rise” of women and highlight the contributions of women to the company.
But others have criticized the company for having a sexist agenda.
I can see how they want to attract women and to have a more diverse workforce, but it seems they are ignoring the real reasons women are struggling in tech.” “
[Zoho’s] lack of women at the conference made it seem like they are just trying to be inclusive, not representative of the wider tech community.
I can see how they want to attract women and to have a more diverse workforce, but it seems they are ignoring the real reasons women are struggling in tech.”
While Gelfis comments have been met with a mix of criticism and celebration, she said she did not think the event was sexist.
“I’ve been at conferences where I’ve had a lot of people say that the men were really uncomfortable and they wanted to leave,” she told ABC News.
“They were uncomfortable being with women and the fact that I was speaking about diversity in tech was the best thing that could have happened to them.
And they said, ‘If I leave, they’re not going to talk about it.'””
I thought it was really important to talk to women about how they are really experiencing it and to make sure we are doing something about it.”
However, she did say the conference could not have been held without “a lot of women”.
“We don’t need to change the world overnight,” she said.
“But I think we can all look forward to the future of women who have worked at Zoho.”