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Inspiring the Next Generation: The Future of Women in Technology
Allison Scott
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The numbers are harsh: while women make up more than half of the workforce in the United States, women account for only 25% of jobs in Information Technology, and the numbers of women dwindle Women are significantly underrepresented in the Information Technology Field. Today in the United States, they account for approximately 25% of the workforce, but it is not only about the numbers. It is about enriching and complementing your IT workforce with the diverse qualities and perspectives of women. Hear from a panel of women including Elizabeth Harper Chief Information Officer responsible for IT Systems at global Engineering Company GHD Services Limited who understands and know the challenges first hand for women. She is an active participant in the Women in Technology "Mentor for a Moment"; program and developed a structured leadership development program for her team, which enables people to build individual career plans and maintain skill levels in a rapidly changing environment. In this Industry Talk, the panel of women will share their insights and challenges they have faced and will provide you with the tools to capitalize on opportunities now that will help to grow and shape the future of women in the IT Industry. They will make you realize the importance of promoting male champions of women in the IT Industry to be change agents in male-dominated companies. Discover on a personal level from the panel how these women overcame the barriers and to be a catalyst for change now and in the future for women. This industry talk will both inspire a generation of upcoming women as well as encourage the current generation's role in mentoring them. Join us today in growing, nurturing, inspiring and empowering the next generation of women in Technology.

Key Learnings

  • Learn from this panel of women how they overcame the obstacles and barriers
  • Discover the tools used and hear examples of diverse teams
  • Learn about promoting the breaking down and removal of institutional barriers for women
  • Learn about the growing importance of mentoring and nurturing the next generation of women

Speakers

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As a marketing and management strategist, Alli has experience in the arts, design, technology, and construction industries. In her current role, she supports the national Innovation group of Skanska USA's construction division helping to investigate and integrate game-changing tech like virtual reality, wearables, IoT/sensors, and drones onto the jobsite. As a venture designer, she also helps to translate research and development initiatives into new service offerings that add value to Skanska’s customers. Alli cultivated her career working in architecture, where she assisted in developing niche services for the design of energy-efficient data centers during the advent of cloud computing. She also served as a marketing specialist for renowned inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, where she supported numerous start-up initiatives like an AI-based cybernetic artist and a longevity company, and learned about entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. Alli holds a BA in Theatre/Arts Management from Emerson College and an MBA in Innovation and Design Management from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. She was named University of Hartford's Construction Institute Visionary Strategist of 2017, and among Procore's Construction Women Standouts of 2017 in Jobsite magazine. Alli is also the Boston chapter Co-Lead for the Society of Construction Solutions, an organization that brings together the start-up community with AEC leaders. When not exploring the next great tech, Alli can be found cultivating her herb garden or spending time along the rocky shores of Massachusetts with her husband and young son.
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Christine (Tin) Alvis joined GHD’s Manila, Philippines, based IT helpdesk in 2013 as a technician. Within a few months, she realized that the helpdesk struggled to resolve technical queries from Autodesk users. Tin took it upon herself to learn more about the product and – with no formal training – began resolving a queue of 28 longstanding user issues. Throughout this process, she built an enduring partnership with the Autodesk Enterprise Priority Support team, and their mutual interest in client care proved extremely helpful when GHD rolled out the Autodesk upgrade in 2014.Fast forward a few years, and Tin leads a team of seven who work 24/5 shifts to support around 3800 Autodesk users across 10 countries. The team, known as Specialized Application Support (SAS), has gradually expanded their service offering to include a range of additional technical software applications. They have achieved an impressive client satisfaction rating of 9.8/10 – and Tin attributes this to hiring based on customer service excellence rather than IT capability. In 2016, SAS celebrated becoming a revenue-generating business unit rather than an overhead, when they welcomed their first external client.Tin is actively working towards a greater gender balance in her team, but finds the absence of female applicants for IT roles a major challenge. Tin is tackling this problem head on with an innovative approach to attracting females to the profession.
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Ciarán Goldsmith is the Senior Director of Premium Support Services at Autodesk, and leads the global team responsible for the delivery of Autodesk’s Enterprise Priority support. In this role he is responsible for building and evolving Autodesk’s premium support organization, and act as a catalyst to continuously improve the quality of our services and overall experience and success of our customers. As a 17-year veteran at Autodesk, Ciarán has previously held a number of different leadership roles, most recently as Senior Director of WW Field Operations. As a member of the Customer Success leadership team Ciarán is passionate about our customers and is inspired by how they make the world around us.
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Rodney Page has over 30 years of architecture, engineering, and construction industry experience working for large consulting and manufacturing firms in various capacities, including building designer, drafting manager, and product designer. He is currently designated senior premium support specialist for Autodesk enterprise priority accounts SMEC Holdings and GHD Services. Page is based in Sydney, Australia.
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Minette Norman serves as Vice President of Engineering Practice at Autodesk and is responsible for a collaborative culture and state-of-the-art engineering practices. Minette spearheaded “radical collaboration” – initiatives that recognize engineers who contribute to one another’s code, designs, and tests. Previously, she gained international attention by transforming Autodesk’s localization team through best-in-class automation and machine translation. Before joining Autodesk, she held a variety of technical communication and management positions at companies including Symantec and Adobe. Named in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times and in 2018 as one of the YWCA Silicon Valley’s “Tribute to Women” Honorees, Minette is a recognized industry expert with a unique perspective. Minette has a broad approach to community service, working with local, national and international non-profit organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors of D-Rev, a non-profit devoted to developing medical technologies for impoverished and vulnerable populations worldwide. Minette also works with GirlsWhoCode and YesWeCode, national organizations that help under-represented populations succeed in the technology sector. Minette holds degrees in Drama and French from Tufts University and studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.
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Director, Worldwide Sales Operations Services, Autodesk – Germany As part of the Global Sales Operations organization at Autodesk, Sigrid is responsible for the global “Deal Desk” which supports all Sales teams for large Named Account deals and handling all non-standard business components, which need special attention, and for “Sales Help” which is the first point of contact for Sales related questions, provides pro-active Sales training and onboarding. She is an experienced manager who motivates and inspires virtual teams, builds and optimizes processes to increase productivity, implements systems and drives adoption, connects people and drives collaboration. She started her career in the hospitality industry, where she got her passion for service and in software business for that industry. She holds a MBA in Economics and Hotel Administration (University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany)
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GHD’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Elizabeth Harper, leads a global team of 250 IT professionals across ten countries. The team supports GHD’s engineers, architects, environmental scientists and related consultants in delivering more than 75 different services to clients.Since joining GHD as CIO in 2010, Elizabeth has transformed the company’s approach to Information Systems, leading to improved service delivery, consistency and engagement. She has also commercialized IT services for external clients to complement GHD’s extensive range of technical offerings.As CIO, Elizabeth says she is closer to being a client service manager than a technologist. She says to enable GHD’s continued development it is fundamental to understand and participate in the business, embrace the strategy and translate it for the IT team. Digital services are crucial to GHD as it continues to position itself to respond to the technological challenges of 2020 and beyond. GHD’s investment in digital systems underpins its strategic vision of seamless service across a connected global network.Elizabeth has a passion for supporting women in traditionally male-dominated fields such as IT and engineering.
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As a part of the Customer Success team at Autodesk, Jenna works with clients to drive adoption and generate scalability for the BIM360 product portfolio.Jenna aims to bridge the gap between technology and user processes to empower clients to optimize their workflows.Prior to joining Autodesk, Jenna worked in Construction Management at Skanska. Starting her career as a Content Specialist, Jenna collaborated on innovation/technology business strategy and user interface design. Taking a more technical route, she implemented Virtual Design and Technology processes and technology to construction projects. As a natural next step, Jenna worked in project management where she could integrate her technical background and manage construction projects for higher education and corporate clients.Jenna holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
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