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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.

Thank You for Your Donations on Give Miami Day

 

$53,000
RAISED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

THANK YOU!!

ITWomen's 11th Annual CIO Celebrity Poker Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser Nov. 20 

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. 

Special Recognition

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 CIOto 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

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{{ Deep Appreciation to our 2014 Gift Sponsors }}

THANKS TO OUR CIOs, SPONSORS, and VOLUNTEERS IN THE IT INDUSTRY ITWOMEN HAS RAISED MORE THAN $453,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 2004.  

Don't wait! Contact ITWomen to
reserve your spaces for the 
2015 Celebrity CIO Scholarship Fundraiser. 

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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.

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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 


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. 

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CONGRATULATIONS
2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

2014 ITWomen 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)

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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. 

Visit http://techweek.com/miami/techweek100/ for Techweek100 Miami's complete list of honorees.  


 "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."

 

NCWIT Winners

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. 

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Margaret Brisbane Joins ITWomen Board of Directors

Margaret Brisbane, ITWomen Virtual Mentor
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. 
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Victoria Usherenko
Founder & President, ITWomen

  


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 ITWomen Virtual Mentor Changed Young Woman's Life

Rachel Hill, a 2013 ITWomen SchoMargaret Brisbane, ITWomen Virtual Mentorlarship 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 Night 6-17-13, Boca Raton, FL

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   

Be an ITWomen Role Model Speaker

"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.

Sincerely,
Diana Alarcon
  

 

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Scholarship Donors at Large

$1500
Ultimate Software

$1000
Trigon Turf

$750
Cross Country Home Services
In honor of Joel Steigelfest

$500
Beth Morgan

Tina Rourk

$400
Len Lucia
In honor of Marie Lee

$250
MotionPoint
In honor of
Enrique Travieso

Kelly MacPherson

Sherry Giordano

Marie Lee

Pattie & Allan Stejskal

CIO Executive Council

Debbie Karcher

     

 


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