About Women in IT
The CIPS NL Women in IT (WIT) event is a one-day conference held this year at the College of the North Atlantic in May, 2011. Girls from grade nine schools are brought together to hear about the field of information technology from industry leaders with a focus on women who are leading innovation and change in the industry.
Various studies show that women “remain significantly under represented in… Canadian advanced technology sectors” and that “women who are employed in high-tech firms are also significantly less likely than men to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.” This imbalance does not bode well for the Information Technology sector in general. In order to affect a change in attitudes about the field of Information Technology, CIPS created the Women in IT event. The event is held in many cities across the country with an objective to enhancing the perceptions high school girls have about IT careers and to encourage them to pursue a career in IT.
How can you help?
The WIT planning committee is seeking sponsorship from private industry and government to assist in putting off this event. Our goal is to provide the 350 participants with a sound program, a healthy lunch and snacks, prizes and a takeaway package containing information and gifts to commemorate the event and promote the IT sector as a career option. In so doing, we are looking for the following:
* Monetary donations
* Printed material focusing on the IT industries and careers in IT
* Gifts for door prizes and for the attendee information packages
If you like to sponsor the event or get involved, please contact us:
Andrea Brocklehurst, WIT Committee Member
Tel: 709-576-6770 Ext. 223
 “Gender Challenges of Women in the Canadian Advanced Technology Sector” by Barbara Orser, Allan Riding, Michele Dathan and Joanne Stanley, 2007, http://www.cips.ca/system/files/CATA-WIT.pdf