14 Insights Stemming from STEM Leaders at MCWT Summit

Wednesday, 13. May 2015

ITExecConnection092.jpg

 

What do you get when 500 IT gurus come together to network and learn?
A whole lot of insight.

Here are a few of the things overheard at MCWT’s Executive Connection Summit featuring thought-provoking perspectives from 10 C-level speakers.

  1. Everyone is a leader – not just those who have a higher title or oversee a larger budget. – Alison Levine, author
  2. You have technology, but you also have the soft side that is needed to drive change.
    – Linda Cureton, founder, Muse Technologies; former CIO of NASA
  3. Innovation comes from engagement. – Beth Ardisana, CEO, ASG Renaissance
  4. How do you encourage change in the environment you work in? Set aside time from your day to day activities to think about the future and what the future looks like to your customers and business. – Mandy Edwards, CIO, CBRE
  5. Diversity is key to business competitiveness. Provide women with access to mentoring, strong role models and ongoing professional development to strengthen Michigan’s economy. – Cindy Warner, managing partner of cloud strategy, IBM, and president of MCWT
  6. IT is a career with a lot of opportunity for those interested in driving technology and innovation in all facets of a business, in any industry – Randy Mott, GM CIO
  7. Hackathons, innovation challenges, and connected car designs help grow innovation.
    – Marcy Klevorn, Ford CIO
  8. Igniting tech in young people is critical! – Beth Niblock, City of Detroit CIO
  9. How do you reward risk taking? Show recognition.
    – Scott Sandschafer, CIO, FCA – North America and Asia Pacific
  10. Recognize the “failures” as learnings – that is how you rebound.
    – Marcy Klevorn, Ford CIO
  11. Encourage and nurture a strong culture of collaboration. Innovation will follow.
    – Linda Cureton, founder, Muse Technologies; former CIO of NASA
  12. It’s key to understand the risk tolerance of your leadership and communicate change’s impact. –Mamatha Chamarthi, CIO, TRW
  13. Your pace of change needs to match your organizations’ capability.
    – Mandy Edwards, CIO of CBRE
  14. A continued focus on ensuring we keep the STEM growth alive is something we can all do together. – Marcy Klevorn, Ford CIO

The third annual event, sponsored by FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors, featured female role models’ perspectives on disruptive trends transforming workplaces in the digital economy.

ECS Picture 2

 

Check out the rest of the conversation at #MCWTConnect15 and connect with us at www.mcwt.org, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and www.mcwtblog.org to stay up to date on how we’re inspiring and growing women in IT.

Social Media in Real Life

Wednesday, 22. April 2015

Both social media and women in STEM have been passions of mine since I was in high school, so when I was asked to create a social wall for the MCWT Executive Connect Summit (held on September 23, 2014), I was excited to accept the challenge. Social walls engage participants by collecting posts from users across one or more social media platforms and display them on screen, allowing event participants to share their thoughts.

There are many options when it comes to social media aggregation and displays, each with unique sets of features.  To decide which tool was right for the event, I used free trials of three tools.

.

socialwally

SocialWally

Overview:  SocialWally’s block format displays posts from a variety of social media sites on one screen, but doesn’t offer many options for customization, moderation, or analytics.

Pricing: $29/ one dashboard, $99/five dashboards monthly
Best Use:  SocialWally is best suited for lobbies or break rooms where people can read smaller text up close.

.

tint

Tint

Overview:  Tint a sophisticated platform, combining content from many social networks one stream which can be customized to view on any device from smartphones to large displays.

Pricing: Monthly prices

  • Prime- $250 (5 feeds, 15 minute updates, 250 posts/hour)
  • Pro- $500 (12 feeds, 10 minute updates, 500 posts/hour)
  • Premium- $1000 (25 feeds, 5 minute updates, 1000 posts/hour)
  • InsTINT Events (premium features $250/day)

Best Use:  Because Tint is flexible, it can be used for any type of display.

.

zoomph

Zoomph

Overview:  Zoomph is a social media aggregator that covers the basics, combining feeds and creating a display from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  A logo and hashtag can be displayed on screen.  Zoomph has additional moderation and analytics features.

Pricing:  Monthly Prices

  • Basic- $15 (live updates, unlimited users)
  • Pro- $95 (basic plus custom visual displays)
  • Premium- $295 (pro plus complete customization).

Best Use:  Zoomph is great when basic sources and display features are all you need.  Zoomph has unique analytics features that make it easy to see who is contributing during and after the event.

 

Recommendations

Every event is different; there isn’t a single solution for all social walls.  Consider these factors:

  • Event Type/Space: Number of people attending, display size and location.
  • Sources: Generally, most social wall posts come from Twitter. At the MCWT event over 90% of the posts were Tweeted.  Privacy restrictions make integrating Facebook difficult because most posts from individuals are not publicly visible.  LinkedIn is not as popular for posts during events; however, it can be useful for encouraging networking before and after events.
  • Moderation/ Analytics: Moderation is important if you are concerned about what people post or need more control over content. Consider analytic features to see the posts after an event or for learning about participants.
  • Cost: Many low-cost options are available; Twitter only displays are often free. Customization options and additional features increase price.  Some pricier platforms offer expert help to customize and run the display.
    .

mcwtFor the MCWT Executive Summit Event, Zoomph was the best platform because it integrated Twitter posts containing #MCWTConnect14 and the MCWT Facebook page. The display included the logo and hashtag on the screens with larger text that was readable from across the room. The analytics features also made selecting prize winners easy.

Zoomph was very well received at the event.  We had over 300 posts and gave away many prizes.  Attendees felt the social media displays were fun and engaging, several people mentioned it was cool to see their posts and pictures on screen.

.

caseyCasey Sunden is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor class of 2013.  There she studied Social Computing Informatics and was heavily involved in the Women in Science and Engineering community and residential program.  While in school, Casey interned at Ford Motor Company in IT and returned to Ford after graduation for the Ford College Graduate program in IT.  Casey is in her second of three years in the Ford College Graduate program, working in Enterprise Technology Research.

Tasha Candela: 2014 Web Design Competition

Wednesday, 24. December 2014

Prior to the 2010-11 school year, I did not know the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) existed.  It was my technology director, Fran Hubert, who sent a web design contest flyer to my inbox.  Hundreds of professional development opportunities and contests grace my desk annually.  This one was no different.  And it certainly was not printed on neon paper adorned with glitter flecks.  But web design is my favorite class to teach so I jumped at this chance.  It was a choice that I will never forget.

It is not the contest itself that fills my heart with admiration for MCWT.  It is the countless volunteers who sacrifice family and work time to provide these teenagers with an authentic learning opportunity.  The professionals at MCWT truly love giving back to others and their generosity is displayed through both their words and works.  They have collected technology volunteers from widely known technology companies to grade student websites.  They have offered job shadowing experience and internship opportunities.  They have promoted my students through newspaper articles, blogs, and radio interviews.  Above all, they have helped make my students’ career dreams come true by supporting them financially through scholarships and prize money.

The web design contest gives students the opportunity to create a 5-page website that will be judged by industry gurus.  Twenty-four finalists from across the state are selected to compete for cash prizes.  I am certain money is a motivating factor which contributes to our success in the competition.  However, I believe the competition designers, the people behind the scenes, are the ones who truly created an ingenious idea.  Announce a themed competition, develop guidelines, step back, and watch magic happen.  I have never watched students work as hard, problem solve, and collaborate as much in my eight years of teaching sixteen different subject areas.  They yearn to learn.

I have proof of this desire as 20 of my 23 female web design students (twelve teams) became finalists in this year’s Repurposing:  The Ultimate in Creativity and Recycling-themed competition.  From the advanced category, the finalists were Caitlin Beirne, Jessica Old, Jackie Kwapisz, Brooke Glass, Dasha Jones, Hailey Lynch, Gabby Bourgeois, Gabby Lopreiato, Megan Kovalcik, Maddisyn Zimmerman.  From the beginner category, the finalists were Kara Roelofson, Payton Beigler, Rachel Felder, Lilly Kwapisz, Lauren Malicsi, Kara Burns,Veronica Steinmetz, Divine Mathes and Hailey Krause, and Lauren Woodard.  In total, Lake Shore won $1,200 in cash prizes.  Caitlin Beirne, advanced finalist and 2nd place winner said, “MCWT’s contest gave us an amazing opportunity.  I was able to get a chance to create a website, hear from important companies where technology plays a major role, and I am so proud of our accomplishments.”

Mitch Albom wrote, “Stardom is a funny thing here.  You don’t achieve it by talking loud or dating a supermodel.  You achieve it by shyly lowering your head when they introduce you or tossing the ball to the refs after scoring a touchdown. ” Through the continual actions of the people serving MCWT, I believe this organization has reached stardom.  Three time Lake Shore Alum finalist and current Wayne State University student Eva Smith posted on social media, “I am so proud of the Lake Shore girls for working hard on their sites and presentations. The MCWT web competitions continue to provide amazing opportunities for young women. It has been an honor to work with them throughout my years in high school and I hope I can continue to work with them in some way in the future!”

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology strives to inspire and grow women in technology fields, with an inspirational vision to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences for professionals and students. It also provides programs and funds supporting the education and orientation of young women throughout school and fostering women in various stages of their professional lives. Find more information at http://www.mcwt.org and connect via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and http://www.mcwtblog.org.

candelaheadshot   by Tasha Candela
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

   Originally published at https://microsoftedu.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/tasha-        candela-2014-web-design-competition.    Shared with permission.

Women with Vision

Monday, 16. June 2014

Little girls with dreams become women with vision. – Anonymous

MST for Girls Event

I was recently given a special opportunity to introduce IT topics to a group of female students at the “Girls are IT!” conference. I believe that within every young woman, there lies infinite possibility. Programs, such as “Girls are IT,” and “Math, Science, and Technology for Girls” offer direction, inspiration, role models, and ideas for future career paths.

As I pass the sign on my session door, that read, “IMX Cosmetics,” I watch the young girls eagerly rush into the room. I can’t help but feel as if their journey starts today. As they take one of 60 seats waiting for them, I know that each young student has chosen to explore the possibilities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and cosmetics. With this one choice, these girls have already decided to open up their minds and broaden their horizons. All eyes are looking forward in anticipation. This is the moment our story begins!

I start our conversation with, “Hi, my name is Julie Bartholomew, M.D.  I am an inventor, a dreamer, a single mother of three beautiful children, and a part of your community.  I am honored to be a member, and speaker on behalf of Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Today, I will share with you my special journey to creating a cosmetics brand that involves automation, robotics, RFID, mobile technology, and a customer’s creativity. Our patent portfolio boasts 62 patents granted and 10 patents pending in 18 countries. I am living proof that we can dream the improbable, and make it possible.”

The girls asked many questions throughout my session.  They seemed eager to hear how a woman had established herself in the world of technology, and how they could do the same.  I shared my insight into the many career opportunities available in designing and launching a business, with STEM, through an inspirational audiovisual presentation.

For me, it was eye opening to witness the girls’ excitement about the opportunities. Several students stayed to engage in a heart-warming discussion about where their academic paths could lead them. We spoke in depth about where they’re going, and possible resources to help support their endeavors. I saw a spark in their eyes; the first thoughts about their futures were forming.

These programs are vital to inspire and support our young girls in Michigan. I am very proud and honored to be a part of these events in our community!

.

Julie R. Bartholomew, M.D.Julie Robin Bartholomew, M.D. is an entrepreneur, inventor, international speaker, co-author, board member of Women Offering Health and Hope, and a medical doctor. She initially conceived of a process for onsite, automated customization of cosmetics involving RFID solutions, and went on to successfully patent the process throughout the world. Dr. Bartholomew is also a member of Automation Alley, CEW, Detroit Economic Club, and MWCT. She educates and inspires young women and girls to learn about the opportunities in technology, robotics, RFID, and health and beauty.

 

 

Today’s Students are Tenacious, Tech-savvy and Thoughtful

Monday, 2. June 2014

studentsKids are associated and hashtagged with the keywords #cellphoneaddiction, #iwantitnow, #lazy, or #mtvstarwannabe.  They leave their rooms messy, speak in acronyms, and take selfie pictures as a hobby.  One of Webster’s brief definitions of a juvenile read, “marked by immaturity; childish.”  I shout in anger and disappointment as these stereotypes do not match my own vision of today’s students.  They are inquisitive, intelligent, thoughtful, and downright hilarious.  This theory was proven once again as I was invited to speak at the Macomb Intermediate School District’s annual Mathematics, Science, and Technology Symposium for middle school girls.  It was a day for students to skip typical classroom routines and learn from experts working in career fields that matched their own interests.  My room housed girls interested in web/graphic design occupations.

Two of my talented high school seniors, Alexandria Chisholm and Abby Liuzzo, volunteered their time to share their own classroom experiences with their audience.  After all, they were finalists in the Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s website design competition and planned on pursuing technology careers in college.  We shared our love for creating something from scratch. The source code for websites that they frequent every day was shown as a way to illustrate the programming world.  We displayed black and white, hand-drawn graphics on screen and demonstrated how to render them.  We told stories about coding errors and idea snafus.  Theodore Roosevelt said, ““Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.”  Technology careers are fascinating, but it takes tenacity to succeed in a field that is constantly evolving.

For many schools, technology classes are still electives; this is why exposure to these marketable career fields is necessary.  Because of our session, students walked away with a newfound excitement for web/graphic design.  Hopefully, they will sign up for technology classes in high school and explore ways to create with technology on their own.

.

candelaheadshotTasha Candela is a National Board Certified Business Teacher at Lake Shore High School in Saint Clair Shores.  She teaches career/technology foundations, senior leadership, advanced web design, and introductory web design courses.  In the past, she has been named Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, an Outstanding Alumni by Central Michigan University, and her own district’s Teacher of the Year.  She enjoys sharing new uses for technology and classroom successes by presenting both nationally and statewide.  Contact her @bethetigger.

 

Learning from Colleagues: How Collaboration Increases Workplace Satisfaction

Thursday, 3. April 2014

What do you enjoy most about your job?

During a recent MCWT Career Panel event at Oakland University, I was asked this very question. Without any hesitation, I said, “the people.” However, the fact that I didn’t even need to think about my response surprised me and made me consider the exact reasons why I derive job satisfaction from my colleagues.

Emulate…or Not to Emulate

Now don’t get me wrong. We all, at times, experience coworkers that make our lives more difficult.  Yet even those situations can help us develop our leadership skills and assess our own opportunities for improvement.  Take note of how a person may effectively handle a situation.  We can learn a lot by observing those people whose behaviors we want to emulate.  Conversely, when those around us exhibit behaviors that are not appropriate, we can take the opportunity to think about whether we also exhibit those behaviors and how to avoid them in the future.

More Heads are Better than One

Throughout my career, I’ve found that after drafting some initial thoughts, there is tremendous value in pulling together a few coworkers to see if my thought process is easily understood.  The end result is always better than the initial draft.  Not only do I achieve a better outcome, I find that my colleagues appreciate the opportunity to share their insights.

Dedication

Recently, we completed one of the most difficult projects that I’ve ever encountered in my career.  But we went in with a “can do” attitude, and through sheer willpower and effort, we achieved the end result.  By showing our commitment and engaging others, we create an atmosphere of dedication that feeds on itself.  It’s truly energizing.

Global perspective

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to visit my colleagues in Europe and Asia.  As we worked through our language and cultural differences, it became apparent that we are more the same than we are different. There is that same internal drive to achieve results and assist each other in being successful.  By embracing the unique perspectives that we all bring to the table, we are able to have a much broader view.

Appreciating the differences and value of our colleagues makes the workday all the more enjoyable to me.  What do you enjoy most about your job? I’d love to hear what makes your work experience rewarding. 

.

Paulette-OzgaPaulette Ozga is responsible for the Human Resources, Payroll, and Environmental Health & Safety services in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) organization at Chrysler LLC.  She serves on the Advisory board for MCWT.

Top Five Reasons Everyone Should Start a Blog

Monday, 3. March 2014

My name is Jackie, and by day, I am an IT professional with over 25 years of experience in mainframe systems and web architecture.  In the evenings, I change hats, update and run my website, www.FREEISMYLIFE.com, where I write about the things that interest me most – mobile technology, Metro Detroit, and getting the best deals on everything.

This year will mark seven years since I started my blog. And as I look back over my experiences, I would have to say that from my first post back in 2007 to my 4000th post this month, blogging has been a very rewarding experience that I am glad I had the courage to try.

When I think about what I have most enjoyed about being a blogger, or as the  now politically correct title of “Social Influencer,”  I came up with five reasons why starting a blog is a good thing.

1.  Getting Your Voice Heard.  I love expressing my opinion on products and services I feel Metro Detroiters should be buying and how technology can be used to save everyone both money and time.  Having a blog has allowed me to have a real voice in positively shaping how people view living in Metro Detroit and how people can use technology to make their lives better.

2. Showcasing Your Talent.  Running a blog is in many ways a smaller version of running a newspaper or print publication.  I have had to learn to write in an organized manner, publish content on a schedule that people find interesting, market my posts using social media to increase my readership, and pitch companies to earn money.  My blog is in many ways my living resume and a great way to showcase my talents to the world on a daily basis.

3. Becoming a (Semi) Celebrity.  When I started my blog, I had no expectations outside of my posts being read by my frugal friends and family.  But as my number of posts grew into the thousands, I somewhere along the way became viewed as a local expert on shopping, technology, and blogging – fancy that!  It was kind of strange the first time an organization approached me about doing a speech – and offered to pay me for it!  And when I was approached about being featured on the local news, I had to laugh that my blog had brought me semi-celebrity status.

4. Being a Member of the Media.  When most people think of the media, the traditional response would be to think of TV and newspaper reporters and radio personalities.  But with the spread of social media, now bloggers are being viewed as being just as important as the traditional media.  My blog has garnered me invitations to cover the same media events that traditional media attend.

5. Earning a Side Income.  Once my blog built up a sizable following, I was able to find companies that were willing to sponsor posts on my blog, which allows me to make money on some of my content.  While the income will never replace my day job pay, it is still nice to be able to make money from my side hobby.  After all, most hobbies cost people money, not the other way around.

Those are just the top five reasons that I think starting a blog is a good thing.  But I could go on and list even more great opportunities that blogging can bring.  If you want to learn more about starting a blog, join me as I speak on the topic “Blogging Your Passion” at the Michigan Council of Women in Technology  ConnectNet Lunch and Learn Webinar on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11 a.m.   Not only will I be speaking about blogging, I will also be doing a giveaway on Twitter. Just follow the hashtag #MCWTech on Twitter to join in the fun.

.

Jackie_HarperJackie Harper is an IT professional during the day and by night, the creator and editor of the website FREE IS MY LIFE (www.freeismylife.com), a lifestyle and frugal living blog.  Jackie loves to help her readers to spend their money wisely by informing them about deals, discounts and FREE items and events in Metro Detroit and beyond.  Now in its seventh year, FREEISMYLIFE.com readership has grown to over 90,000+ readers by Jackie using social media to connect with the frugal and the cash-strapped on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.  Jackie has been featured on WDIV Local 4 News, the Oakland Press and in Real Detroit Weekly as a Hot Blogger to follow.

Robotics Team Puts the Pedal to the Metal

Monday, 17. February 2014

Robotics is a fun and effective way to drive home STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. As an extracurricular activity, it gives youth an opportunity to solve problems and work together to reach a common goal.

I enjoy teaching, mentoring and watching girls gain a passion for the technology field each time they meet to make machinery come alive. And that’s exactly what our 2013-2014 Robofest Robotics team from Our Lady of the Lakes High School in Waterford, Mich. is doing. Although we’re a smaller school, we’ve been involved in the Lawrence Technological University Robofest since 2001.

This year, a group of three students teamed up to compete—including a senior who’s been a member of our Robofest team since the sixth grade.  This very experience has helped her carve out a career path that includes studying computer science and engineering at college. She’s joined by two technology-oriented sisters—one sophomore and one in seventh grade.

Thanks to the MCWT Robofest grant, we purchased parts for our robot and paid our entry fee for the Robofest Game competition in March. We’ll be programming in RobotC, a version of C++ geared for our Lego Mindstorm NXT robot. The real value of this support, however, is in inspiring the next generation of future tech professionals and demonstrating just how fun STEM can be through this hands-on, collaborative activity.

MCWT helped enable us to provide this opportunity for our students and it’s one that will stay with them long after the final competition.

.

Cottrell, MaryMary Cottrell is the High School Robotics Robofest coach at Our Lady of the Lakes High School – Team 133.  She has coached the high school and middle school Robofest robotics teams since 2002.  She is also the technology coordinator  and has taught computer classes for middle school and high school since 2001.   She has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and prior to changing careers to the educational world, she worked as a systems analyst and programmer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for 12 years and Unisys/Burroughs for three years.

Mentoring – a Win-Win Situation!

Monday, 27. January 2014

Mentoring is a great opportunity for a few reasons. Studies have shown that people with mentors have a higher success rate of moving up the ladder. It gives you an opportunity to take action on achieving your goals. The mentor can help provide an unbiased view, give suggestions for conflict resolution, be a sounding board for ideas, and much more.

Last year I was involved in a year-long mentorship program thru Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT). It matched up mentees with a mentor who was at a more senior level. The ultimate goal was to help improve the mentee’s personal and professional lives. I’d listen to monthly webinars related to specific topics, complete short assignments related to that month’s topic, participate in a seminar and attend a conference. Plus, I was given the chance to take the role of project manager for the Pay-It-Forward project. (Each mentee was responsible for a portion of coordinating/executing an event from start to finish.) I got matched with an awesome mentor and we met once a month for a one-hour dinner. Overall, I found the experience to be very rewarding.

This year, I felt it was important for me to return the favor to someone else. So I signed up as a mentor. It will be an interesting experience, since it’s a bit of a role reversal. However, I’m up to the challenge and eager to help another person reach their goals.

I encourage you to find someone to mentor you. Or to consider being a mentor. Mentors don’t necessarily have to be people in your organization. There are so many alums you can reach out to using LinkedIn. Think out of the box and get creative. It can be something as informal as meeting for a cup of coffee in the morning once a month. Or more formal, by finding a professional group that offers a structured program. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for both parties!

Have you been a mentor or mentee before?  What was your experience like?

.

knapik jessicaJessica has a BS in management information systems from Oakland University and a MSM with a specialization in marketing from Walsh College. She specializes in querying/reporting, testing, web page/Portal and social media management, and event planning at Walsh College. She also volunteers for the MCWT communications team.

Originally published at http://www.walshcollege.edu/mentoring.
Shared with permission.

 

A Sneak Peek of MCWT in 2014

Thursday, 16. January 2014

As much as 2013 was a success thanks to our members, supporters and volunteers, 2014 is gearing up to be another solid year full of expanded programming and new outreach efforts. Here’s a sneak peek as to what’s to come in the months ahead.

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Chrysler Group, LLC, MCWT will offer five new scholarships to college students, in addition to our annual scholarship allocation.

MCWT is working hard to identify young women for internships with our partner companies this summer. We’re also expanding our Camp Infinity program to Livingston County; the first of several additional locations we’re exploring.

In March, we will be co-hosting more than 300 girls in grades 4-12 for a “Girls are IT!” event with University of Michigan, Dearborn, University of Detroit, Mercy, and Lawrence Technological University. This one-day event will provide hands-on experiences to girls to get them excited about IT careers and educations.

We are also planning several field trips for girls in high school programs and the highlight of these field trips will be another visit by Olympic winners and hopefuls in late February/early March. Our collaboration with ITEC in Lansing is enabling us to replicate our GET-IT clubs at the middle school level. The hope is to roll out a similar program in SE Michigan next fall.

Programming for members will again include In-Transition Workshops and an Executive Technology Leadership event. Our ConnectNet suite of webinars, social events and educational forums continues to reach hundreds of men and women each year. And our annual fundraisers and member events help bring IT thought leaders together to learn from each other in support of our mission.

With the strong support of our more than 300 active volunteers and 55+ partner organizations, MCWT is fulfilling its mission of inspiring and growing women in technology. I look forward to reaching more girls, their parents, teachers and influencers to also help Michigan become the No. 1 state for women in IT! We look forward to your help and support.

.

Janette_PhillipsJanette Phillips has been the executive director of MCWT since April 2011. Prior to that, she spent 16 years in the tech industry working for Ameritech/AT&T in sales of telecommunications and networks to major accounts, including General Motors and EDS. Janette was the owner/operator of two medical clinics that provided physical therapy and pulmonary rehab to the communities of Sterling Heights and Livonia/Redford Township. She also serves as PTO co-president of Bloomfield Hills High School.