Our mission is to increase the number of girls and women in the fields of technology and engineering and to provide professional development, student education and scholarships through a supportive network. ITWomen is a not-for-profit organization based in South Florida, from Miami-Dade to Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Dr Jessica White, Ob/Gyn (far left) and Bright and Smart President/ Founder Lucy Tamez (far right) are pictured with 7th through 11th grade girls attending ITWomen 2015 Summer Robotics Camp, with sponsorship from NextEra Energy Foundation and FPL.
ITWomen 2015 Summer Robotics Camp for Girls celebrated their awards day June 18. The camp was held at Northeast High School, Home of the Hurricanes! Girls attending the camp ranged from 7th through 11th grade and included students from James S. Rickards Middle School. Read More
A very special thank you to ITWomen sponsor, NextEra Energy Foundation, for giving us the opportunity to create this one-of-a-kind camp to inspire girls in pursuit of innovative careers!
Congratulations! ITWomen College Scholarship Winners
ITWomen 2015 Scholars, their fields of study and colleges are, (l to r): Leah Stephens, Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee; Kelsey Powers, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University; Jovanie Smith, Computer Science, Southern University and A&M College; Aysha Habbaba, Computer Science, Pomona College; Victoria Carlos, Computer Science, University of South Florida; Sarah Curtis, Electrical / Computer Engineering, MIT; and Lauren Brener, Computer Science. Florida Atlantic University.
ITWomen Charitable Foundation has just awarded four-year renewable college scholarships to seven outstanding young women.
ITWomen's competitive scholarship awards were presented Thursday, June 4, in Boca Raton.ITWomen has raised more than $400,000 in scholarships for amazing female high school seniors in South Florida to pursue degrees in the STEM tracks of IT and Engineering.
Applicants undergo a rigorous selection process and exemplify academic excellence, superior accomplishments and personal perseverance.
The awards were presented at the George Snow Scholarship Annual Awards Reception at the Mizner Cultural Arts Center.
All of these scholarships are made possible through the generosity of CIOs, sponsors and donors at the ITWomen annual fundraiser, CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night.
A panel of highly successful female IT executives in global enterprises shared lessons learned at our recent program, "Inspiring Women to the Top."
Burger King corporate in Miami was the host sponsor for the ITWomen spring event.
Several themes emerged from the speakers' candid re-counting of their paths to the C-level:
Take the risk of opportunity - don't wait until you think you're 'perfect' at every prerequisite.
Learn from your mistakes and move on.
Nurture your passion. Worry less about fitting in.
Stay curious -- never stop learning.
As a leader, accept that your value will be more in vision, strategy and checking on all the moving parts rather than the pure production mode for which you were rewarded earlier.
The panel consisted of executives from Restaurant Brands International (Burger King), Interval International, Tyco International, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL).
The diverse audience of about 40 people ranged from college students to young women starting careers, to mid-career and senior level professionals. Representatives of other organizations from Orlando to Miami also attended.
The ITWomen panelists who generously shared their time to speak and field questions both during the Q&A session and afterwards are:
Kelly MacPherson,SVP, Chief Information Officer, Restaurant Brands International (Burger King) Bio
Sharon T. Moura, Vice President, IT Transformation & Strategy, Tyco International. Bio
Vicky Osejo, AVP, IT Program Management Office, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.Bio
Vivian More Vice President, IT Shared Services, Interval International Bio
Each of the panelists advanced their careers through driving strategies, delivering business value and taking charge of their careers while balancing life commitments.
The ITWomen event has received widespread positive feedback.
"As young professionals, we were inspired by how the speakers were comfortable admitting they know their limits on what they can and cannot handle by themselves, and how we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help balancing the many hats we can wear," wrote Shalane Vitris.
"This event has empowered us to continue in our pursuit to take our careers to the next level and we look forward to attending future ITwomen events.”
Special Thanks to Burger King, ITWomen's Host Sponsor:
ITWomen is grateful to the generosity of our speakers and ITWomen members in sharing their experiences and paying it forward, and to Burger King, which provided an outstanding reception, signage and venue.
ITWomen President Claire Marrero at eMerge Americas Panel on Inclusive Innovation
Claire Marrero, ITWomen president, addressed ways to increase Inclusive Innovation at the eMerge America's panel Tuesday, May 5.
Claire spoke alongside Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez, VP of the Dominican Republic; Ricardo Santos, Director, Education Transformation, Cisco Brazil; and Alexandra Villoch, President and Publisher, The Miami Herald.
The panel explored how technology is a tool that can enable access to opportunity, collaboration and connectivity to end poverty, improve education and create a workforce ready for the future.
If you were unable to attend the exciting eMerge America's Conference this year, check out the summary at http://emergeamericas.org/
Exclusive Promotion Helps ITWomen
CIO Executive Council Leadership Training Series
Harness the Power of Your Voice
The CIO Executive Council is offering a special Leadership Training Series through its Women in Leadership community.
Not only can ITWomen members enjoy a heavily discounted price for the sessions, but 15% of the total proceeds will be donated to support ITWomen.
HELP YOURSELF AND ITWOMEN AT THE SAME TIME:
Just access the ITWomen member login on this site and then click "Member Only Discounts" on the left menu to find the unique promo code and registration link.
WHAT EACH WEBCAST OFFERS
Each highly engaging webcast provides toolkits, self-assessments and action calls that you can apply right away. The February webcast on Personality is available online immediately. The Power of Social Voice became available April 29th and The Power of Authenticity will be broadcast June 24th, between 11-12 p.m.
THE POWER OF YOU IS A COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO INVEST IN YOURSELF
The Power of YOU is a 3-part series that explores how the power of your personality, social voice, and authenticity can impact your effectiveness as a female leader.
"We are delighted to provide ITWomen members a high quality, cost effective and convenient way of investing in themselves," said Claire Marrero, ITWomen president.
"We hope you take advantage of this terrific program as it is important to take a moment to reinvigorate with new ideas, and sometimes just remind ourselves what we already know!”
CEC President and ITWomen Advisory Board member Pam Stenson said, "We are proud to be affiliated with ITWomen and are confident those female leaders who participate will find the sessions incredibly valuable."
Join today if you are not already a member. Members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulties logging in.
Record Breaking Attendance! Record CIO Participation!
Charity Poker Tournament Top 4 Winners:
1st Place: Joe Kissel, CIO, Bank United 2nd Place: Jeff Sopshin, Ernst & Young 3rd Place: Dr. Jay Cohen, Signature Consultants 4th Place: Stephen Clouse, Citrix
As a CIO participant, Joe Kissel will have an ITWomen Scholarship named in his honor. Jeff Sopshin won the top tournament prize of a Carnival cruise for two with an oceanside cabin. Jay Cohen won 2 VIP Tickets to the eMerge IT event in May, and Stephen Clouse won the Miami Heat game package.
2014 CIOs OF THE YEAR Joel Steigelfest, Cross Country Home Services Marie Lee, Interval International
2014 MULTI-YEAR SPONSOR Momentum Consulting
We go all out once a year to raise money for scholarships for deserving young women in South Florida who are pursuing degrees for careers in technology and engineering. Our Celebrity CIO Poker Tournament and Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser is held at the central location of the Sheraton Airport and Cruise Port Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Event sponsors included Terabyte sponsors:Citrix, E&Y, FireEye, Momentum Consulting, Signature Consultants, TekPartners, Synechron; Gigabyte sponsor: CIO Executive Council; Megabyte sponsors Steven Douglas Associates, The Talent Source, Vitaver & Associates, ModComp, Blue Horizon Tek Solutions and Nova Southeastern University.
Tournament Player-Donor Sponsors challenged our celebrity CIOs to Texas Hold'em Poker charity game of poker for scholarships to help deserving female high school graduates from South Florida pursue degrees in IT and Engineering.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!
2014 CELEBRITY CIOs
Atkins North America AutoNation Bacardi Bank United Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation Burger King Carnival Corp Carnival Cruise Lines Citrix Cross Country Home Services DHL Express US FireEye HBO Latin America Interval Leisure Group Jackson Health System (2) Miami-Dade County Public Schools MotionPoint Mt. Sinai Medical Center Nova Southeastern University Office Depot Perry Ellis Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Rybovich Tyco US Gas & Electric Ultimate Software University of Miami World Fuel Services
Entrepreneurs and tech trailblazers in South Florida shared challenges and opportunities for success at ITWomen's September event. Venture Hive business incubator in downtown Miami was the perfect setting. Our panelists and attendees inspired dynamic networking, including exchange of ways to match more interns with businesses in South Florida. Panelists represented MotionPoint, The Fresh Diet, Renovofyi, Centric and Feverish Pops and Ice Cream.
Robotics Camps for Girls at PACE Garner Thank-Yous to FPL & ITWomen
The Robotics camps in both Miami-Dade and Broward were amazing. The girls at both PACE centers had the right amount of immersion with the perfect timing and instruction from our business partner Bright and Smart. The summer robotics camp in Broward wrapped up July 31st and we had a great closing ceremony. The girls who completed the camp were presented certificates, and in return, PACE presented thank-you cards with many personal thank-you messages signed by the girls to FPL and ITWomen!
Transforming the Art of Customer Engagement July 17 Program
A panel of industry experts shared how companies are “Transforming the Art of Customer Engagement” from an Enterprise B2B perspective using leading CRM Tools, and how leading brands are transforming how they interact with consumers in this always-on digital world.
We had some great mid-summer networking at our professional development program series.
Featured Speakers included:
Stacey Carter, who is responsible for CRM solutions to support Ultimate’s customers.
Jacqueline Stetson Pastore, who is a Technopreneur and resident of Miami’s Venture Hive. The Founder of User Experience Research & Design (UXRD), Jacqueline has been helping leading brands engage consumers through mobile and web channels for over 15 years.
Christine Pechter, Director of Operations for Sentry Data Systems, Inc.
CONGRATULATIONS 2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!
ITWomen Charitable Foundation awarded its annual scholarships at the George Snow Scholarship Fund's Annual Awards Reception held Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. (credits: PhotosByBlack)
Techweek100 Miami 2014: ITWomen President Named as a "South Florida leader with significant impact on business and technology."
Victoria Usherenko, President and Founder of ITWomen, has been recognized as a business and technology leader with significant impact in the South Florida community.
The Techweek100 designation includes managers of fast growing technology companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other intors who are chosen by the South Florida community and Team Techweek.
"Digital Sisterhood: Influential Women in Technology" Panel at MDC School of Engineering and Technology Features ITWomen Members
ITWomen members served as the featured ists for "Digital Sisterhood: Influential Women in Technology," held March 20, 2014, by EnTec (School of Engineering and Technology, Miami-Dade College) at MDC's InterAmerican campus. ITWomen Advisory Board member Pat Smith, Board member Margaret Brisbane and member Alexandra Moreno composed the panel, which marked EnTec's "Women's Month." Elodie V. Billionniere, MEd., PhD, Assistant Professor, Engineering + Technology Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus, thanked ITWomen panelists for contributing their "time and wisdom."
ITWomen Role Models Recognition & NCWIT Aspiration Awards March 6, 2014
Host Sponsor: CITRIX, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
ITWomen honored its 2013 Role Model Speaker (RMS) volunteers as "Rock Stars" on March 6, 2014, in conjunction with its regional "Aspirations in Computing" awards ceremony. The event was held at the corporate headquarters of Host Sponsor, CITRIX, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
ITWomen RMS volunteers spend hundreds of hours speaking to thousands of boys and girls throughout South Florida about the rewards of careers in technology and engineering.
South Florida high school girls who ranked at the top of regional competition for the "Aspirations in Computing" Awards by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will also be recognized, along with the 2014 NCWIT South Florida "Educator of the Year."
ITWomen is the South Florida Affiliate for the NCWIT Aspiration Awards.
"Aspirations in Computing" is a talent development initiative by NCWIT, designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women.
Margaret Brisbane Joins ITWomen Board of Directors
Margaret Brisbane, has accepted our invitation to join the ITWomen Board of Directors. Margaret is an Assistant Director in the Information Technology Department for Miami Dade County and in her current role she is responsible for leading a team of IT professionals in the development and support of major County applications. Continued
Rachel Hill, a 2013 ITWomen Scholarship winner, says she could not have imagined how much the ITWomen Virtual Mentoring program and her mentor, Margaret Brisbane, longtime ITWomen member, would change her life. Rachel’s mom, who passed away when Rachel was 12, used to work for the technology group at Miami-Dade County ("ITD"), which is where Margaret works.
Through Margaret, Rachel has met many employees who knew her Mom. As you will see in Rachel's letter, Margaret organized a fundraiser for Rachel which, in addition to cash, provided Rachel with a bin of essentials for college at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne. Here is an excerpt from her Thank-You letter to her Mentor and "ITD" family:
"...When I first met Margaret, she asked me if I was ready to move to Melbourne. At the time I didn’t even have a shopping list... I find it remarkable how one action could change your entire life. This ITWomen scholarship is one of my greatest accomplishments thus far. Through the scholarship I met Margaret, one of the best mentors I know. I also found something that I have been searching long and hard for. I found an important piece of my mom. I met people who loved her and missed her as much I did. I always wanted to be like my mom. I never thought that six years later I would learn so much about her or even follow in her footsteps..." See Rachel's full letter
How You Can Make the Difference in a Young Woman's Life
The ITWomen Virtual Role Model Mentoring program was created for ITWomen scholarship awardees who are currently enrolled and attending colleges throughout the USA. Students are paired, one-to-one with a female professional with five years' experience in a field they are pursuing or one closely related. The positive impact of being an ITWomen Virtual Role Model Mentor is inestimable. Download Virtual Role Model Mentor Application Form.Contact ITWomen for more information.
ITWomen scholarship winners at George Snow Scholarship Awards Reception 6-17-13, Boca Raton, FL flanked by ITWomen board member Sherry Giordano (far left) and president Victoria Usherenko.
Role Model Speaker Lucy Tamez Leads Girls in Robotics Project
Lucy Tamez, CEO and Founder of Bright and Smart Robotics engaged a group of girls ages 14-17 from the very start of her session on robotics. They quickly adopted the roles required in team-building, and took ownership for their role in the success of the finished product – a pair of chirping, dancing birds.
The girls at PACE Center created and wired robots from Lego pieces following written instructions then programmed the finished robot for audio and movement. Afterwards, their faces beamed with pride and a really great sense of personal accomplishment as they left the workshop feeling like rock star robotics experts.
-- Arlene Willis
"Thank You" from an ITWomen Scholarship Winner
As a student in high school, Diana Alacron participated in ITWomen's Role Models program and went on to receive a scholarship from the ITWomen Charitable Foundation. Diana is a 2010 graduate from John A. Ferguson Sr. High School in Miami. She is majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida.
December 20, 2012 Dear Ms. Usherenko:
I hope this thank you note finds you doing well and that you have happy holidays! I've had a very productive fall semester and I cannot wait to go back to the University of Florida to tackle Spring 2013. This past fall I furthered my involvement with Engineering Ambassadors by taking on one of four Committee Chair positions. I organized events for the organization and really developed my leadership skills. Just this past November, I was nominated for President and achieved my first executive position in college! It's been very exciting so far and I get to work closely with the Dean of the college. I also was inducted into the nationally recognized Industrial and Systems Engineering Honors Society, Alpha Pi Mu, and began networking with fellow ISE classmates. I will continue with my engineering curriculum and strive for excellence as I maintain my GPA at an A average. Exciting things are to come this summer as I was offered the opportunity to intern with Procter and Gamble! I continue to have big goals for this upcoming year and couldn't be doing any of it without the help of IT Women. Thank you for all of your continued support.