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.
$57,000 Raised for Scholarships!
2nd highest in ITWomen history
Thank you for your support!
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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
ITWomen Role Models Recognition & 2013 NCWIT Aspiration Awards, at CITRIX, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
More than 100 people celebrated at ITWomen's high-energy awards ceremony honoring "Rock Star" volunteers and outstanding high school girls aspiring to careers in computer technology and engineering. The ceremony was held March 7, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the corporate headquarters of the host sponsor, CITRIX.
ITWomen honored 42 Role Model Speakers (RMS) as "Rock Star" volunteers for ITWomen's RMS program. The 2012 volunteers spent hundreds of hours speaking to thousands of boys and girls throughout South Florida about the rewards of careers in technology and engineering. Showcased at the event was an animated video produced by middle school girls during four Role Model sessions presented by volunteers Victor Herrera and Morexi Morejon.
Twenty South Florida high school girls who ranked at the top of regional competition for the Aspirations in Computing Awards from NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) were also recognized. ITWomen is the South Florida Affiliate for the NCWIT Aspiration Awards.
Sabrina Cromartie, of North Miami Beach Senior High School, was honored as the 2013 NCWIT South Florida "Educator of the Year."
Keynote speaker was Michelle L. Nason, Director, Back Office Portfolio, World Wide Operations of Citrix Systems, Inc.
Gail Farnsley, NCWIT's Program Manager of Affinity Group Alliance, located in Boulder, Co., spoke on behalf of NCWIT.
Victoria Usherenko, ITWomen Founder & President, welcomed attendees. She was followed by Sylvia Henderson, Group Director Rewards, Human Resources, Citrix Systems.
ITWomen board member Sherry Giordano and Role Models Program Coordinator Arlene Willis presented the Role Model volunteer awards.
As host sponsor, CITRIX provided the venue as well as the dinner buffet and dessert bar for the event. Sponsors enabling the ITWomen awards ceremony and Aspiration Awards also include Google, Microsoft, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, and The Talent Source from South Florida.
ITWomen holds its awards ceremony in March each year in honor of International Women's Day, March 8.
SOUTH FLORIDA NCWIT ASPIRATION AWARD WINNERS:
Alyssa Berman AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
Brittney Falcon MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL
Julieta MAST ACADEMY
Achliann Gallardo BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH
Alexandria La Cara WILLIAM T. MCFATTER TECHNICAL CENTER
Carey MacDonald JOHN I. LEONARD HIGH SCHOOL
Dorielis Padron MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Veronica Padron MIAMI SPRINGS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Morgan Pritchett NOVA HIGH SCHOOL
Laura Salinas DR MICHAEL M KROP SENIOR HIGH
Talia Statsky-Frank AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
Rena Stern WILLIAM T. MCFATTER TECHNICAL CENTER
SOUTH FLORIDA NCWIT ASPIRATION AWARD RUNNER-UPS:
Alicia Ashmeade NORTH MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH
Tanzila Auni SOUTH BROWARD HIGH SCHOOL
Wisline Fenelus NORTH MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH
Isabel Heyninck SOUTHWEST MIAMI SENIOR HIGH
Emily Morinelli SOUTH PLANTATION HIGH SCHOOL
Briana Ortega MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Jessica Rodier ATLANTIC TECHNICAL CENTER MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
Juliana Toyloy-Stanton DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL
"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.
Champion Solutions Group
in honor of Bill Hicks
honor of Pablo Ciano
CIO Executive Council
– in honor of Pat Smith
Monica Chiarini Tremblay
JM Family Enterprises - in honor of Rajeev Ravidran
MotionPoint - in
honor of Enrique Travieso
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