Bridging the looming IT talent gap must involve creating an environment for recruiting and training a new generation of tech professionals, but it will be all for naught if young people aren't encouraged to take a step down the IT road. Experts say the key to engaging youths is to create a dialogue early on to build confidence and give them a taste of the wonders of technology. For Cora Carmody, senior vice president of IT at Jacobs Engineering, this meant launching Technology Goddesses, a nonprofit group that exposes Girl Scouts to the possibility of a career in technology.

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