Welcome to ITWomen
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.
The Entrepreneurial Journey:
From Concept to Reality
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!
-- Arlene Willis, ITWomen RMS programs coordinator
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.
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 innovators who are chosen by the South Florida community and Team Techweek.
Visit http://techweek.com/miami/techweek100/ for Techweek100 Miami's complete list of honorees.
ITWomen's Inaugural 'NextGen Chapter' Launched at FIU on April 7
Outreach to university students expands impact of ITWomen programs on the next generation.
ITWomen, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of girls and women in the fields of technology and engineering, is expanding its reach with the formation of the ITWomen NextGen Chapter at Florida International University (FIU).
The chapter’s inaugural event took place on Monday, April 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at FIU’s South Campus. The event featured a panel on "Opportunities and Challenges for Women Working in Technology,” led by distinguished South Florida women in IT.
Please note: Registration is limited to FIU students.
The NextGen Chapters will extend ITWomen’s outreach to inspire and encourage the next generation aspiring to careers in technology and engineering. The highly successfull ITWomen Role Model Speakers (RMS) program has reached 2,434 students last year alone (1,588 girls and 846 boys) and 23,000 students to date across public schools and non-profit and at-risk-youth partners in South Florida.
“We are beyond excited to be launching our ITWomen NextGen Chapter at FIU. This is particularly special as the FIU College of Business Administration was one of our four original supporters,” said Victoria Usherenko, President of ITWomen. For more information on the event, visit the FIU Event Calendar.
"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."
List of NCWIT Winners and Honored Role Model Speakers
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 holds its Role Model Speakers recognition and NCWIT awards ceremony in March each year in honor of International Women's Day.
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
1st Program of 2014: The New Entrepreneurial You
Members experienced a fun and dynamic mini-workshop that sharpened your entrepreneurial skills.
The FreshBiz Game at ITWomen's first program for the new year was held 5:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 23, in Sunrise, Florida at Cross Country Home Services, our host sponsor. Certified Leadership Coach Clare Merlo ledthe mini-workshop. Top companies such as Google, HP, IBM, and entrepreneurs and universities worldwide benefit from the experiential and playful style of FreshBiz to sharpen entrepreneurial tools and fuel creative inspiration.
THANK YOU TO CROSS COUNTRY SERVICES, OUR JANUARY HOST SPONSOR
Thank You for a Great Year!
Happy holidays and thank you for making 2013 such a great year! Here are the highlights of all the accomplishments your support has helped make possible:
Role Model Speakers Reached 2,434 Students / 23,000 to date.
In 2013 through our highly praised Role Models Speakers program, we have seen 1,588 girls and 846 boys totaling 2,434 students. Thanks to all our 2013 RMS Volunteers.
ITWomen provided volunteer Role Model Speaker presentations to 8 partners in Broward and 6 in Miami-Dade and 1 in Palm Beach. This brings our grand total since our inception to 23,000 students across public schools and non-profit at-risk youth partners in the South Florida.
20 NCWIT 'Aspirations in Computing' Awards
In March, we honored 20 Tri-County female students with the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing. The honorees are not only NCWIT awardees but also high school students who attended Role Model Speaker sessions. Many of the girls have come out of the Role Model program and gone on to apply for ITWomen scholarships.
$66,000 Scholarships Awarded in June; $328,000 to Date
In June ITWomen awarded $66,000 in scholarships to 8 girls, bringing our grand total to $328,000 awarded to a total of 67 girls studying Engineering and IT at colleges throughout the U.S. This year’s scholarship winners are majoring in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Computer Science at Princeton, Duke, MIT, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida.
2013 Scholarship Fundraiser - 2nd Highest at $57,000
And in November, we had our second best scholarship drive, raising over $57,000 for scholarships through our annual CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night. Our past scholarship winners are now graduating college and working for Exxon Mobil, Lockheed Martin, Ernst & Young, and University of Miami to name a few.
Virtual Mentoring Program Launched
In the summer of 2013 ITWomen launched the Virtual Mentoring Program for ITWomen scholarship awardees who are currently enrolled and attending colleges throughout the U.S. The students are paired one-to-one with a female mentor who is a professional employed in Information Technology or Engineering with a minimum of 5 years' work experience. So far, 4 girls have been paired with a mentor.
The VRM program complements our Scholarship program by ensuring that our college scholarship awardees get the necessary support to remain on track and complete studies in the IT or Engineering fields initially selected. Our ultimate goal is to have the remaining enrolled awardees matched with a mentor by December 2014.
And this year ITWomen continued to deliver innovative and interactive professional development programs with a focus on Industry Trends and Career Advancement.See our 2014 calendar.
ITWomen Robotics Camp!
ITWomen Robotics on the Go Camp is slated for summer 2014 and is aimed at girls in middle school.
Thank you to our incredible members, Role Model Volunteers, sponsors and supporters for helping positively impact the STEM landscape, particularly in Technology and Engineering.
I invite you to join ITWomen, become a Role Model and/or Virtual Mentor and make an IMPACT in the lives of young women.
Best wishes for the Holidays and a Healthy, Joyous and Peaceful New Year,
Founder & President, ITWomen
2014 Programs Calendar
Topic: Entrepreneurship Register Here
November 20th - ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night Scholarship Drive
Thank you for your support!
$57,000 Raised for Scholarships!
2nd highest in ITWomen history
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ITWomen Annual CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament & Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser - Nov. 21, 2013
Top 10 Poker Tournament Finalists
#1 Paul Martine, CIO, Citrix
Won Miami Heat Package courtesy of Verizon Terremark, and a scholarship named on his behalf.
#2 Tom Gillette, CIO, Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Won Seven Bridges at Springtree Golf Course Foursome
#3 Norma Soto, Director of Software Development, CIMA Telecom
(1st time poker player) won Starbucks Verismo Coffee Machine, courtesy of The Talent Source
#4 Jeff Sopshin, Ernst & Young
#5 Pablo Vitaver, Vitaver & Associates
#6 and #7 Jim Crocker, TekPartners / Kevin Colon, Informatica, both were out of the game at the same time.
#8 Monte Castellano, Momentum Consulting
#9 Greg Taffet, CIO, US Gas & Electric
#10 Nick Monfreda, Dimension Data
The first seven to be eliminated at the final table received a "Modern with a Pop" iPhone 5 art phone case from Jared's Paintings.
2013 Special Recognition
- Multi-Year Donors: KST Data and Signature Consulting
- CIO of the Year: Broward, Bert Hucks AAB Optical Group
- CIO of the Year: Miami-Dade: Luis Paez - Perry Ellis
- Virtual Mentor of the Year: Margaret Brisbane
Thank You to Our Celebrity CIOs
- ABB Optical Group
- Cross Country Home Services
- Florida International University
- HBO Latin America
- Interval Leisure Group
- JM Family Enterprises
- Miami-Dade County
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- Nova Southeastern University
- Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries
- Perry Ellis
- Royal Caribbean
- Ultimate Software
- US Gas and Electric
- World Fuel Services
ITWomen Virtual Mentor Changed Young Woman's Life
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.
Council's Donation Jump Starts 2013 Scholarship Fundraiser
The CIO Executive Council jump started our scholarship fundraiser with a $665 donation. This was from the Council's Executive Women in IT Retreat. The Council donated 50% proceeds from all ITWomen registrations. Thank you, Pam Stenson, SVP of the CIO Executive Council and ITWomen Advisory Board Member. Thank you ITWomen members and friends who attended the Executive Women in IT Retreat!
FIU BIz News Features Role Model Speaker on Health Information Technology
FIU's BizNews has published an article on ITWomen's Role Model program and FIU's College of Business faculty member Neera Bhansali, executive director, biomedical informatics, at FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She presented an ITWomen Role Model session on health information technology to 79 students at Piper High School in Sunrise, FL. Her community outreach opened students' eyes to the opportunities in healthcare and the role of IT. Read more
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.