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#WomenITPros FAQ

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Cathy Moya
Microsoft

Q: What is #WomenITPros?
A: We started #WomenITPros for anyone who wants to support women in tech jobs that don’t involve coding. Not that there's anything wrong with coding! It's just that there are a lot of opportunities for women to work in tech without ever writing a single line of code, and there are already a lot of groups to encourage women to learn to code. We'll never say "don't code", just "if coding isn't your thing, don't give up on a tech career!" We don't want to lose women who could have great tech careers that aren't computer programming. 

 

Q: Is the group just for women?
A: No! We welcome anyone of any gender identity. We want to support more humans who identify as female to work in the ITPro world, and if you think that's a good idea, if you believe that diversity makes better people, better workers, and more successful companies, then we want to meet you! (Even if you don't believe that, but want to find out more, we want to meet you!)

 

Q: Do I have to be an ITPro to attend?
A: No, we welcome anyone who is interested to drop by and say hi and network with us. If you're not an ITPro but might like to be one, let us know and we can help you find mentors.

 

Q: What do you mean by "ITPro"?
A: The primary focus of the term would be people who keep the code running, doing work like:

  • day-to-day operation of networks, servers, clients, and devices
  • help desk
  • network architecture design
  • information security management

But we're not exclusive. For this initiative, we also want to include other aspects of information technology aimed at keeping clients and servers up and running, like:

  • program/project/people management related to IT
  • technical training
  • technical marketing
  • technical communications

And if you code, or like helping women learn to code, that's OK, too - it's just not what we're considering an ITPro focus. You're still welcome here!

Q: How do I join #WomenITPros?

A: It's not really a club, more of a "virtual watering hole". But here are some suggestions on how to get involved:

  • Hang out here. Post questions and participate in discussions. We encourage you to introduce yourself in our Intro Thread.
  • Come to our online meet ups. Invites are posted here, or follow me on Twitter @CxPCathy. We also keep recordings in the Member Resources for this community - you have to sign in but it's free. 
  • Connect with other women ITPros and allies in real time. If you're going to a conference or event or user group, post in this forum and let people know. Use the private message feature in TechCommunity to reach out to people you'd like to get to know better.
  • Give back to the community. Mentor women who are interested in getting into ITPro jobs or advancing in their ITPro careers. Find groups in your area that are focused on getting girls interested in technology. Help them arrange speakers and hands-on activities to talk about the non-coding parts of the tech world.
    • Tips: Check out TechGirlz.org - they have FREE tech workshops in a box that aren't code-centered! You can see the recording of our meeting with them here.
    • Check out the Community Mentors program on this forum to volunteer as a mentor or find a mentor. 
    • Volunteer for TEALS and help with the Computer Science Principles course, which explores more than just programming. We'll have TEALS as a guest on our #WomenITPros call in March 2020 for their next big recruiting drive, but you don't need to wait! 
  • Spread the word! This is for anyone who wants to support getting more women in non-coding parts of the tech industry, women, men, outside Microsoft, inside Microsoft, anywhere in the world.

Q: Is this just a Microsoft thing?
A: No. I work for Microsoft and I have easiest access to speakers and topics that are Microsoft-related, but we're open to discussing all technologies from all companies. Getting more women into tech, and making women feel welcome in tech, is much more important than drawing company lines. If you have suggestions and connections for speakers or topics for anything ITPro-related, let me know - the more the merrier! We'd love to have any topics related to any technology. It was also a no-brainer to get space to organize on this wonderful diversity and tech community, which is sponsored by Microsoft, but the discussion is not exclusive to Microsoft. 

 

Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Send me a private message, @ me here, or tweet me at @CxPCathy.

 

We look forward to getting to know you better!

You don't have to code to work in tech!