11th Annual Women in IT Conference

Gianna and Caroline speaking on the panel

The 11th Annual Women in Technology Conference was held last week. Representing Miami were Professor Cross and Professor Inclezan, who acted as mentors to the high school students in attendance. Students Gianna Sheffield (CSE) and Caroline Danzi (CSE) participated in a panel discussion.  Miami University has been participating since the conference’s inception as one of the local universities along with Xavier and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Valerie Cross has been Miami’s representative on the conference program and organizing committee for the past 10 years and as one of her duties she has organized the college panelists and moderated the panel for the past 5 years.

The goals of the conference are:

  • To provide young women in high school with visibility into careers for women in technology and information systems
  • To reach as many high school women as possible, providing them with the evidence and insight into the many benefits associated with an education and career in IT
  • To showcase our local universities as a high value means for local IT talent to achieve their technology education and career goals

This year 364 high school students attended, with 471 attendees total. 

“It was inspiring to see so many young women who showed genuine interest in IT and computing fields. The questions that the girls came up with were great and they brought out the fact that majoring in a computing field can sound very intimidating, especially for women,” said Gianna.

Miami University, Xavier University, University Of Cincinnati, and INTERAlliance of Greater Cincinnati presented the conference. Companies Fifth Third Bank, AstraZeneca, Citigroup, General Electric, Great American Insurance, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, and Western & Southern sponsored it.

The conference continues to grow every year and the engineering college looks forward to future events.

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