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Paul LabergeWeb Platform AdvisorMicrosoft Canada
Thanks to all the ladies who joined us at the Women in Technology (WIT) Connection Area at Techdays in Toronto! It was our pleasure to meet everyone. This was the first time we had a networking area and it gave us an opportunity to hear from you. We really appreciate everyone's participation and would like to share the notes we captured during our conversations.
The main challenges for women in technology
Why did we choose IT?
What do people think about the WIT connection area at TechDays?
Other Women in Technology Activities in Toronto:
Both of these groups are fantastic and helps you network with other women in IT.
Feedback around the event
This is just the beginning of our WIT conversation. For the challenges we face as women in IT, it's very important to learn from each other and work together to overcome these challenges. If you want to share your advise on how to deal with these challenges, feel free to comment on the blog or send your thoughts to me and Cigdem directly. Again, it was so nice to meet everyone and we had a lot of fun chatting with you all.
Cigdem (Pronounced “Chee-dam”): cigdemc (at) microsoft.com
Qixing (pronouced as "Chi-shing"): qixing.zheng (at) microsoft.com
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There is a number of issues that have garnered a lot of attention. With key people at Microsoft Canada and strong leadership from people like yourself, Qixing Zheng, Lora Gernon, Carol Terntiak andthe WIL&T group of IAMCP we have been driving seminars at Microsoft's world partner conference WPC2007 and WPC2008 with even more interesting participation from the men who have sat on our panel sessions. The key to success in this initiative is 3 fold, mentoring, a social networking structure for women that will be focused on our industry and a willingness for the industry to realize women can and do offer so much momentum and expertise that is sorely lacking and if they are empowered to do so. Whake up fellas, places like Brazil and Mexico are at 70% + women in IT management positions and these companies are doing gangbusters. Get on board before all the good ones are gone!