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Luncheon event, Women in ICT, June 20 June 1, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Event, June 2012.

Our Women in ICT group will be holding its next luncheon event on Wed, June 20, noon – 1 p.m., at Isac’s Way in Fredericton.  Every women with an interest in our regional IT industry is encouraged to come out for this event, to network and to learn from our speaker, Mary-Clare White.  Please pass this message on to any woman you know who may be interested and not on our list yet. Registration information can be found at the bottom of this post.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 12 – 1 p.m.

Where: Isaac’s Way, Fredericton

Topic: Role Models

Changing mindsets related to “traditional” or gender-specific roles is key to ensure our youth are only limited by their imagination and in an environment of increasing labour shortages, economic growth and success depends on attracting and retaining skilled workers – regardless of gender.

To ensure young women have information about the wide-range of options available prior to making educational and career choices, “Networking Dinners” were introduced in New Brunswick in 2009. These dinners promote awareness and interest of non-traditional opportunities in the skilled trade and technology sectors to high school girls by connecting them with female mentors currently working, studying, or teaching in a non-traditional field. Guest speakers and mentors share their career journeys and experiences to help students gather information about exciting careers and find out what steps they need to begin taking now to pursue their future goals and aspirations.

Mary-Clare will speak to us on the impact of these events and why similar initiatives and female role models are key to influencing young women to consider education paths that lead to careers in ICT.

Speaker’s Bio:

Mary-Clare White works for the Executive Council Office as a member of the Women’s Issues Branch. She holds an MBA and has spent most of her career in the private sector, until 2007 when she joined the Provincial Government. While much of Mary-Clare’s career has been in the area of Adult Education, she has always been an advocate of  “equality”, so her current role on the Wage Gap Reduction Initiative, as well as her community involvement with youth focused on social justice, have been natural fits.  She also co-authored a book on the human aspects of eLearning with a published university professor in 2006.

Mary-Clare is married to her high school sweetheart, Andrew, with whom she has two beautiful children, Josh and Sarah.

To register for the luncheon: Please use this doodle link to register.  Seating is limited to 40.




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