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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Women, Technology and Leadership: Shared Experiences and Strategies for Growth

Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, Massachusetts

When:9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Note: Registration begins at 8:00am

Workshop Organizer: Kimberly Hall of Harvard University

This SIG is recommended for professionals who want to grow within their careers and for managers and directors who aim for a diverse and healthy organizational unit where all have a chance to fully participate, grow and receive professional support in line with their organizational and career goals.

The question is often asked, "does gender really matter anymore?" This WITL SIG, led by Dr. Eileen Trauth, will delve into her contemporary research on women’s experiences in the IT profession. She will discuss how socially constructed roles and individual characteristics intersect with culture to influence women’s experiences, detailing common challenges and overcoming obstacles by a diverse group of women through varying means.

Based on her findings, panelists will offer their own experiences. They will share what they perceive as their own characteristics, strengths, and how they manage gender-specific challenges within the technology workplace.

Event Schedule:
7:30am – 9:00am Registration and Coffee

Speaker: Eileen M. Trauth, PhD, Professor of Information Sciences & Technology, Women's Studies, Science, Technology & Society, International Affairs, Labor Studies & Employment Relations, Management & Organization, College of Information Sciences & Technology, The Pennsylvania State University

9:00am - 9:15am  Welcome & Session Introduction

9:15am - 10:15am Women’s Development in IT: The Personal and the Environmental

Dr. Trauth will explain how the combination of individual identity (such as gender, ethnicity, age), individual influences (such as role models, mentors and experiences), and environmental influences (such as culture and economy) that shape women’s experiences can provide both women professionals and managers with tools for workplace development.

10:15am - 10:30am  Break

10:30am - 12:00pm  Discussion on Women’s Development in IT: The Personal and Environmental
Dr. Trauth will continue her talk through an interactive format, raising and answering key questions from participants.

12:00pm - 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel - Finding the Answers
Rebecca Petersen, Director, Faculty Development, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Dawn Thistle, Executive Director of IT & Media Services, Assumption College
Karen Warren, Director of User and Technical Services, Wesleyan University

Three women professionals will share their own stories and experiences based on Dr. Trauth’s findings. The range of experiences among the panelists will be discussed according to two of the three themes of her research: individual identity (such as gender, ethnicity, age) and individual influences (such as role models, mentors and experiences). The panelists will share their stories in order to compare and detail their habits of success in each area.

2:15pm - 3:00 pm Group discussions of how these three themes resonate
This last hour participants will group and discuss how these three themes reflect their own experiences and approaches to problem-solving and growth within the technology workplace. Table representatives will then share the highlights with the room.

3:00pm End





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