Bridging the Digital Divide: Expanding Inclusivity Beyond the Workplace at CAPRE’s Women of Mission Critical Summit

LEESBURG, VA – CAPRE’s inaugural Women of Mission Critical Summit dove into some of the most critical issues facing the data center industry, but one panel sought to examine those same issues beyond our lens. Bridging the Digital Divide: Expanding Inclusivity Beyond the Workplace featured a quartet of leading ladies from the mission critical space talking about how our work could improve the lives of countless people around the world. Moderator Ilissa Miller, Founder & CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of NEDAS kicked off the conversation. “Despite advancements in technology and access to information, there are communities and markets that continue to be left behind,” she began. “We saw a lot of devastation fairly recently in the Bahamas, but if you look at what was there before, it was one of the least connected countries in the world. This is literally right next door to the United States." In other words, the connectivity disparity around the world is quite large. “In the U.S. alone, we’re about 90% penetrated with regards to internet connectivity, but there are countries in Africa that area barely at 50%,” she explained. “So we’ve got a lot to do with being able to bridge that gap with regards to connectivity.” Miller then had a question for panelist Tina Gravel, Senior Vice-President of Channels and Alliances at Cyxtera. “There are so many communities you serve in the U.S. with broadband enablement issues – so what…