Catherine Eibner

Dynamics, SQL, .Net & getting them all to play nicely together!

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT-Girls 2012

    Microsoft IT-Girls 2012 (formerly known as DigiGirlz) was held to a packed theatre on Monday 2 nd April 2012 at the Microsoft offices. Over 150 girls from 16 schools participated in a full (and pretty exhausting) day of workshops, presentations and careers panels, to learn more about the career opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT at Tech ED Australia 2011

    This year we once again celebrated the Women in IT at Tech ED. Turns out it was the BIGGEST Women in IT event we have ever held in Tech Ed Australia with almost 100 people attending! We were fortunate enough to have as our Keynote speaker, Lynn Langit from Microsoft US share the amazing work she has...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT Community Contributor of the Year Award

    It’s time to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Annual Women in IT Community Contributor of the Year Award! The 2011 Women in IT Community Contributor of the Year Award will be awarded during the Women in IT Lunch at Tech•Ed 2011 on the Gold Coast. So come on – tell us your story, share your...
  • Blog Post: Geek Girl Blogs Podcast

    Before I started working at Microsoft, I used to record a monthly podcast that features some of the amazing Tech Women I had the fortune of meeting. Unfortunately, as things got busier and busier, I struggled to get the time to record, edit, encode & post the sessions. Recently, I was invited to...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT Luncheon - Tech Ed Australia 2010

    It would be hard *not* to know that Microsoft held a Women in IT function at Tech Ed Australia this year… What some might not know is that the Women in IT event is something that we have hosted at Tech Ed Australia for the last 3 years now. I have had the fortune to be involved with this event here in...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed Australia 2010 – Women in IT Luncheon

    At Tech Ed Australia last year over 80 attendees rolled up their sleeves and got hard to work playing with Lego at the Lego Serious Play Women Build Event we held as the Women in IT function . This year, for our Women in IT event we have decided to do things a little differently… Last year we challenged...
  • Blog Post: Are you interested in a Technical Role Working at Microsoft?

    Microsoft has been recognised locally & world wide for its policies that help support & encourage a diverse culture. But its not enough – we want more women working here – especially in Technical roles! We have an upcoming series of Webinars that will showcase 12 women from different countries...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DigiGirlz Australia Event held on Ada Lovelace Day: 24th of March 2010

    On Wednesday the 24th of March 2010, we held the first Australian DigiGirlz Event here at The Microsoft North Ryde office. We had over 120 attendees from 7 local schools - North Sydney Girls High School, Riverside Girls High School, St George Girls High School, Strathfield Girls High School, PLC Croydon...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia to host the first Australian DigiGirlz Event

    Minister Jodi McKay MP keynoted a recent Females in Telecommunications & Technology luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. During the event, she highlighted one of the biggest challenges facing Women in Technology: One in five Australians studying to work in ICT was female, and the number...
  • Blog Post: Barbie as a Computer Engineer?

    Well, I never thought my blog would ever mention Barbie – but then again, it never occurred to me that I would have a mini-me in Lego, so the wonders never cease! :) And as it seems to be a toy themed week, I thought why stop now! Admittedly, the only thing I ever liked about barbie as child was how...
  • Blog Post: Females in Telecommunications & Technology Combines forces with Geek Girl Dinners for a Speed Mentoring Event

    In November, Sydney Girl Geek Dinners joined forces with Females In Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) for its first networking event, kindly sponsored by Microsoft.  The event provided a fun and interactive speed mentoring game, with the overall goal of sharing ways you can get involved in...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT Networking Event at PDC

    Are you attending PDC? Come along to the PDC09 Women in Technology Luncheon to meet and share stories with the powerful, insightful, and intelligent women attending PDC09.  Take part in speed mentoring - an opportunity to gain insight from colleagues' experiences in the workplace through a confidential...
  • Blog Post: Ever felt like there was more you could do?

    As most of you already know, I am a big believer in programs, events & facilities that support Women in IT. One of the things I have always wanted to do was get proactively involved in a Mentoring program to help support Women working in IT who may not have access to the amazing resources that I...
  • Blog Post: Working at Microsoft: 2009 Diversity@Work Awards

    People often ask me what it is like to work at Microsoft. Many are often as surprised as I was to find out how much they supported my Work/Life balance needs, especially ensuring that I get the time I need with my son. This was one of my greatest concerns with accepting the role as it is especially important...
  • Blog Post: SlingAlibi – Empowering People with Technology

    One of my favorite Women In Technology, Asli Bilgin has just announced a new site: SlingAlibi (can you work out what that’s an anagram for??) http://www.slingalibi.com/ . Now of course there’s an associated Twitter account you can follow for good measure: http://twitter.com/slingalibi The goal of the...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT at Tech ED Australia 09

    This year, I got to be involved with organising the Women in IT function for Tech Ed Australia. It was a fantastic opportunity & meant I could work with Asli Bilgin & the other Women Build creators to host a Lego Serious Play Women Build event for the first time at Tech Ed Australia. The Women...
  • Blog Post: Sara Ford Is COMING to Tech Ed Australia!!!

    Tech ED Australia just keeps getting better & better! I have just received confirmation that Sara Ford IS COMING TO TECH ED AUSTRALIA!!! We had over 500 votes which 434 voted Yes, ABSOLUTELY! Turns out those that voted no – predominantly thought we were poaching Sara long term – but never fear! Its...
  • Blog Post: Help bring Sara Ford to Tech Ed Australia

    Sara Ford** is a girl with a dream, a dream to come to Australia! Ever since she was a little girl, Sara has wanted to visit Australia. And to make that happen we need your help! You need to Vote to bring Sara out to Australia – if we can get enough votes by 5th August, we can get her out here for Tech...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT Event for Tech Ed Australia Confirmed!

    After much suspense we can now reveal that at Lunchtime on on Wednesday the 8th of September, Tech ED Australia will be hosting the Women Build LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY (LSP) as the Women in IT event!! There has been such an amazing response to these events as they have been held at previous events that it...
  • Blog Post: Ada Lovelace Day 2009: Bronwen Zande

    Today is the Ada Lovelace International Day of blogging. It aims to highlight the often unsung work of the many amazing women working in IT. You can find more information about the concept here: http://findingada.com/ I have posted before about the many amazing & inspiring women I know who work in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Cited in 2009 Employer of Choice for Women Awards

    Today the Australian EOWA Employer of Choice for Women Awards were announced. EOWA is a federal government body that administers the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act. Being cited by the EOWA is a prestigious acknowledgement that the organisation meets stringent guidelines around supporting...
  • Blog Post: It still sux to be a woman working in IT

    Catherine Has a Rant! I know it has been a while since I have posted a podcast on our Geek Girl Blogs Podcast  - but mainly due to time & technical constraints. International Women's day is approaching next Friday the 6th of March, and I thought that perhaps sharing some of the challenges I...
  • Blog Post: Have you heard of iGive?

    I guess I am quite fortunate to have been involved in a lot of Diversity events since joining Microsoft. Supporting Women working in IT is something that I am passionate about so I am always on the lookout for things that we are doing internally & externally that I can help out with. I was very lucky...
  • Blog Post: Women In IT 2008 Year in Review

    2008 has been a great year for the Australian Women in IT community! We kicked off with the launch of the www.GeekGirlBlogs.com site created by Live Services MVP Bronwen Zande which features over 130 female women in IT who blog. If you are female, and you blog, make sure you sign up online. Not long...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Aussie Women in IT!

    I continue to be amazed and inspired by the women I get to meet working in IT. I am fortunate enough to get to interview some of them for the GeekGirlBlogs podcast – which often leads to gaining  a deeper insight into the amazing life they lead – as well as an ongoing appreciation of how down to...
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