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Women in Tech World heats up summer with an orientation

Elena Yugai humbly reminded the crowd that she and Close didn’t invent the Women in Tech movement, they merely “opened the floodgates.”

Women in Technology Summer

On June 28, about 40 Women in Tech (WinTech) volunteers gathered for Summer Orientation, at host airG’s Vancouver space. A remote feed enabled video conferencing with volunteers across the country. WinTech has attracted 60 new volunteers since April 2017, with dozens more clamoring to help. The evening was a chance for new volunteers to get up to speed and meet the rest of the team.

Alicia Close, WinTech Co-founder, and CEO, kicked off the event by inviting everyone to grab a drink and a plate of food. After some mingling and Chinese food, Seuree Kim led an Icebreaker that offered insight into the diversity of WinTech’s team: women who have lived in seven different countries, women who speak six languages and one avalanche expert. Amazing women flock to this organization.

Women in tech weeks 2016, 2017

Close’s official welcome offered up some lesser-known background – that the first Women in Tech Week in 2016 was a beta test that exploded in Feb 2017, calling on her and Elena Yugai to co-found WinTech. Close touched on the non-profit organization’s values of Community, Empowerment and Thought Leadership – values that keep the group strong and growing at lightning speed. Women around the world have caught a whiff of the movement, she noted, and have been reaching out.  

Close and Yugai knew the importance of collecting qualitative data and the wisdom of starting in their own country. Their Driving WinTech tour hits the road September 5, crossing Canada to ask women in tech about their experiences, ideas, challenges, and wins. The team will identify key drivers needed to forward women in tech. The collected information will be collated into a National Report and set of playbooks.

Elena Yugai humbly reminded the crowd that she and Close didn’t invent the Women in Tech movement, they merely “opened the floodgates.” Yugai’s words resonated through the crowd, “We’re part of something much bigger than ourselves.” The sentiment, transparent and deep, sent a chill of excitement through the crowd. It’s this attitude that instills the 100-plus volunteers with pride and joy in their commitment. Hey, just look at the group photo. That’s a happy, inspired bunch of ladies.  

WinTech makes a difference for Canadian women in tech

The floor was turned over to Jane Si, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Development, whose team has a simple mandate to create an exceptionally positive and rewarding volunteer experience. Her own positivity is downright infectious. Kimberley Wysseier, Director of Recruitment offered updates with a warmth and professionalism that might explain why her team is so busy. Liza Akhvledziani, Director of Operations, expertly led a round of software training on WinTech’s tools and processes. The night wrapped up with group photos by Philip Moussavi, who captured the big group and even bigger enthusiasm.

WinTech volunteers enjoy exclusive programs, a chance to meet an incredible community and make a difference. New volunteers welcomed. Another orientation is slated for the fall. For more information, email hello@womenintechworld.com.

Driving WinTech Updates

Women in Tech World heats up summer with an orientation

Elena Yugai humbly reminded the crowd that she and Close didn’t invent the Women in Tech movement, they merely “opened the floodgates.”

On June 28, about 40 Women in Tech (WinTech) volunteers gathered for Summer Orientation, at host airG’s Vancouver space. A remote feed enabled video conferencing with volunteers across the country. WinTech has attracted 60 new volunteers since April 2017, with dozens more clamoring to help. The evening was a chance for new volunteers to get up to speed and meet the rest of the team.

Alicia Close, WinTech Co-founder, and CEO, kicked off the event by inviting everyone to grab a drink and a plate of food. After some mingling and Chinese food, Seuree Kim led an Icebreaker that offered insight into the diversity of WinTech’s team: women who have lived in seven different countries, women who speak six languages and one avalanche expert. Amazing women flock to this organization.

Women in tech weeks 2016, 2017

Close’s official welcome offered up some lesser-known background – that the first Women in Tech Week in 2016 was a beta test that exploded in Feb 2017, calling on her and Elena Yugai to co-found WinTech. Close touched on the non-profit organization’s values of Community, Empowerment and Thought Leadership – values that keep the group strong and growing at lightning speed. Women around the world have caught a whiff of the movement, she noted, and have been reaching out.  

Close and Yugai knew the importance of collecting qualitative data and the wisdom of starting in their own country. Their Driving WinTech tour hits the road September 5, crossing Canada to ask women in tech about their experiences, ideas, challenges, and wins. The team will identify key drivers needed to forward women in tech. The collected information will be collated into a National Report and set of playbooks.

Elena Yugai humbly reminded the crowd that she and Close didn’t invent the Women in Tech movement, they merely “opened the floodgates.” Yugai’s words resonated through the crowd, “We’re part of something much bigger than ourselves.” The sentiment, transparent and deep, sent a chill of excitement through the crowd. It’s this attitude that instills the 100-plus volunteers with pride and joy in their commitment. Hey, just look at the group photo. That’s a happy, inspired bunch of ladies.  

WinTech makes a difference for Canadian women in tech

The floor was turned over to Jane Si, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Development, whose team has a simple mandate to create an exceptionally positive and rewarding volunteer experience. Her own positivity is downright infectious. Kimberley Wysseier, Director of Recruitment offered updates with a warmth and professionalism that might explain why her team is so busy. Liza Akhvledziani, Director of Operations, expertly led a round of software training on WinTech’s tools and processes. The night wrapped up with group photos by Philip Moussavi, who captured the big group and even bigger enthusiasm.

WinTech volunteers enjoy exclusive programs, a chance to meet an incredible community and make a difference. New volunteers welcomed. Another orientation is slated for the fall. For more information, email hello@womenintechworld.com.

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.