Six Feet Up is again sponsoring the annual Women Working in Technology Conference (WWiT) in 2013. This year's conference is focused around Aiming High: Striving for Success with Focus and Balance. The conference is an initiative put on by the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. WWiT promotes and supports technology careers for individuals in high school and beyond. The annual conference brings together high school students, college students, and technology professionals for a day of networking and learning.
Six Feet Up has been a sponsor of the conference every year since 2010, and has had several members invited to present on various topics throughout the years. This year is no different, as both Jim Bartek and myself will be participating in the sessions this year and several members of the team will also be in attendance. Jim has been asked to serve as the moderator for the panel session: Big Data Analysis, What You Need to Know, and I will be presenting in the Ignite session, Top 10 Technology Trends of 2013 on the topic: Open Source: Good for You, Good for Your Business.
As an alumnae of the CICS program at Ball State University, I feel honored to have been invited to be a member of the Conference's Advisory and Planning Committee since 2008 serving with some of the nation's top female IT professionals in the industry today. Being a professional at Six Feet Up, a women-owned technology company, who employs about 50% women and supports efforts to encourage the current and next generation of female technology leaders, I am able to be part of a living, breathing success story of the changing face and diversity of the historically male dominated tech industry.
In today's world, one can almost not get through the day without some interaction with technology. The tech industry needs qualified and competent resources, both male and female, to support the ever-growing demand more now than ever. Efforts to grow and diversify that resource pool only strengthen the gains realized by the companies in the industries. I am happy to be a small part of a conference and company who are doing their part.