Originally posted to Schneider Electric

Amid a generation of data center professionals on the brink of retirement, we’re facing a lack of resources and widening skills gap in the data center industry. At the same time, the shift to hybrid (including colocation) is a boon to the construction industry. We discussed the associated issues and opportunities during a recent Professional Women in Construction (PWC) panel, in which I participated, along with Lily Yusupova, strategic account executive, Data Center Solutions, Schneider Electric.

The all-female panel focused on “Driving Data Center Development” and concluded that the construction industry needs women with data center experience. PWC is a national nonprofit organization whose aim is to support, advance and connect women and promote diversity within architecture, engineering, construction and related industries.

Other panelists were experts from different offshoots of the process including: moderator Cate Agnew, executive director, head of real estate valuation, Natixis; and panelists Carrie Dicanio, shareholder, Anderson Kill; Jasmin Kelley, electrical engineer, Robert Derector Mission Critical; Ilissa Miller, founder and CEO, iMiller Public Relations (iMPR).

In addition to the data center development process, we talked about the value of women in both industries.

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