04-24-2018 11:32 AM
04-24-2018 11:32 AM
Are you interested in helping support women ITPros, and support women moving into community leadership roles in the ITPro community? We're starting a virtual User Group for ITPro Women.
There are lots of organizations that want to help women code, but we want to focus more on women who keep the code running, doing work like:
We also want to include women who work in other aspects of information technology aimed at keeping clients and servers up and running, like
We'll welcome anyone of any gender who wants to participate in a safe space to talk about the challenges women face in a field with a lack of gender diversity. The goals are to network, support women learning technical and professional skills, and help women find mentors.
If you're interested in participating, reply to this post and tell me:
If there's interest, I'll pick a time and post the information here for our first virtual meeting.
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Please spread the word!
04-24-2018 12:45 PM
04-24-2018 12:58 PM
The best times are after 3 pm EST any day.
I like the name Women in IT
Mary Beth Moore
Professor of Computer Information Systems
Potomac State College of West Virginia University
04-24-2018 03:48 PM
I'm in - thanks for extending the invitation to those of us in technical comms and marketing. After 12pm PT works best for me. We are IT!
04-24-2018 07:58 PM
I'm in - from north of the border in Canada - time zone EST....
As far as a name goes....let me think about that... :)
What a great idea - working remotely for 18 years but I feel that I do have my experiences on this topic.
04-25-2018 04:59 AM
04-25-2018 12:32 PM
04-25-2018 12:32 PM
I'm mostly best in the mornings (CDT) and early afternoons.
Names, that's the tricky part. If we want to be inclusive...
04-26-2018 12:11 AM
Hello from Denmark! :)
I love that this is about the women running the servers, network etc. Personally, I don't think, I have ever met another woman working with servers and network in all my years in the hosting business.
I like the name Women in Tech
04-26-2018 02:48 AM
04-26-2018 03:41 AM - edited 04-26-2018 03:44 AM
04-26-2018 08:23 AM
Great idea! I'm in CDT and CST, and early mornings or afternoons work for me (9 to 11am usually book up quickly).
04-27-2018 02:18 PM
Such a good idea - I'm not sure I fit some of the spec but I absolutely will assist on getting word out via Twitter and LinkedIn if this launches.
I'm on Pacific Time - best times for me would be between 3pm-4pm PT, or 10am-ish PT.
Re: names, I'd suggest names that are easy to surface when women are searching online for where to connect and learn - and the problem with "IT" is, well...it resolves in search to "it" too often.
So, maybe: InfoTechWomen, with hashtags like #WomenInTech and #DevOps to help us reach more women?
04-27-2018 02:36 PM
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05-01-2018 10:19 AM
Hey @Cathy Moya - I'm working on a MS O365 Community Survey (think of it as sort of an Office 365 focused "selfie" for admins and IT teams using that tech) - would this group might be a good place to share it?
I also have a question for you and others who are interested in the User Group for ITProWomen - if I were to have my employer, who'd sponsor the survey, donate to a non-profit for each unique completed survey...would that be a stronger motivator for people to participate than, say, if a survey responder got a coffee card?
05-01-2018 10:46 AM
05-01-2018 11:08 AM
05-02-2018 05:19 PM
Hi, @Lori Witzel
The question about motivating people is interesting. I don't know if there's any research on that. I know for me, I'm one of those odd people who really enjoy taking surveys and doing User Research studies, so I don't care if there's a gratuity in any form - I just want my opinion heard! If it's a long or complicated survey, though, I think it can help if there's a specific motivation for completing the survey. I just don't know if a personal or altruistic reward would be more motivating. Probably depends on the person. It would be cool if you could do some A/B testing on it!
05-02-2018 05:51 PM
I have posted the invite information for the first meeting!
Please tweet/blog/share with anyone you know who might be interested.
And if this time/day doesn't work for you, we'll have others. Keep "voting" by including your preferred times and time zones.
Thanks all for your interest!
05-03-2018 10:51 AM
Me too, @Shona Bang! I figure it's an experiment. We'll probably have to try a few things and a few times before we hit on something that works for most. And maybe we'll spawn other groups for more specialized interests or other time zones. But we'll start here and see what happens! :D
05-04-2018 09:18 AM
05-09-2018 07:27 AM
I love the idea. I'm on the East Coast, Friday afternoons are usually the best time for me but I am pretty flexible.
05-09-2018 03:13 PM
Hi, @Tony Richards, I hope you can join us for the first one, Friday May 18 - details here!
05-12-2018 07:38 AM
Dear Ms. Moya:
I am interested in joining your virtual user group for IT Pros.
I am a front-end web developer in-training. I also write about secure coding, cybersecurity and related topics for BugHeist, a software and hardware bug reporting and remediation website.
Ideally, I am interested in coordinating virtual meetings from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.