"If our population at Red Hat doesn’t reflect that of our customers, it is going to be something that detracts from our ability to compete in our industry, because people want to see other people that look like them," said Alexander.

She said it's crucial to not only diversify the workforce but relate to clients in this way. When asked about how companies can make sure that girls get involved, she highlighted the important influence that the male population has on young, aspiring females in tech.

"One of the things that we’ve heard is that there are a lot of dads with girls, and those dads are very interested in seeing their girls become a part of the technology industry because they know that it’s a great industry, and there are great opportunities for those daughters," Alexander said.

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