Coloring Outside the Lines

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By Jessica Yenser

By nature, I am a person who is highly driven by the need for growth. I am constantly searching for new ways to improve my skill set and add to my mental database. This desire sometimes takes me on paths that, from the outside, look quite unusual. While my actions and path make perfect sense to me internally, many from the outside seem determined to put me into some sort of group, box, or category that makes sense to them. They would prefer that I get back in line, onto some neat little path that they are already aware of and comfortable with.

 

Over time my reactions to these outside suggestions have been quite varied. There was the young, impetuous version of myself who would quickly tell you where to stick your opinions. Then there was a stage where I tried to keep my opinions in and go along to get along to see if that improved things. Unfortunately, this lead to a point where I found myself in a life that was not genuine. Today I am someone who has learned to adjust the response to the environment, but would like to politely remind the outside world that, while some millennials seem to be floundering for purpose and we may wonder if they will ever move out on their own, "Not all those who wander are lost..."

 

DAMN IT PEOPLE! Just let me color outside the lines!

 

Seriously though. I mean it. At a recent leadership conference I had the privilege of listening to customer experience expert and author, Jeff Tobe, speak about "Coloring Outside the Lines". He explained that being innovative and creative is something that EVERYONE should do to improve their personal brand, business, and interactions with customers (internal and external). This kind of behavior is what drives someone's career forward, ahead of the pack.

 

And then I realized....all this time, I had felt like my choices to go off traditional paths were EXACTLY why my career has been so successful. Technology and data isn't just a bunch of 1's and 0's. Being creative and innovated in a tech-related role is just as important as it is in a marketing role. Being able to understand my customer's needs and thinking of new ways to solve business challenges and apply our data solutions comes from all of my broad experiences put together, giving me unique view points others in my field often lack. I don't see data as data. I see this awesome complex interaction of life & business represented by and tied together by information. I approach my work as half science and half art.

 

I share this with all of you because I feel like women are often pressured to be neat and tidy and to fit back into our places. We are made to feel like we are doing something wrong and are going to ruin our lives if we don't make the sensible choices in career and education, if we don't follow paths that make sense to someone else. I still feel this pressure, too, and  I know it can feel like going along with their opinion is easier. It can creep up in the form of internal pressure, or "impostor syndrome", or as external pressure from peers, friends, and family. But I want to remind each of you that your path is your own, and you are brilliant and capable. Trust me - it's not you, it's them.

 

It's your life. Your career. Your piece of paper. If you want a purple cow with orange spots and you want to draw your name on it backwards - have at it!

Jessica

Jessica Yenser

is a Senior Program Manager / Data Intelligence Engineer for EMC, and the VP of Programs for PMI Metrolina.  She has perfected the art of working remotely and getting things done. Find out more about her at  LinkedIn.

Girls Who Code: Request for Volunteers!

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Girls Who Code Clubs Program in Montclair, NJ holds a graduation day and presentation for family and supporters on November 17, 2017. photos/ Carey Wagner

On February 2 from 10am-1pm, CFWIT, with support from Tek Mountain, will be hosting an event for local Girls Who Code chapters. Our goals are to introduce the girls to some amazing women in technology, highlighting their stories and successes as well as to facilitate discussions about technology-related topics and ideas. In other words, we want attendees to walk away from this event excited about their potential futures in technology.

We are searching for volunteer speakers and panelists, and need the following, specifically:

  • 1-2 women who are willing to give a short (15-20 minute) talk, sharing your story or the details of a project, etc. that will inspire
  • 3+ women who are willing to prepare and present an introduction (5 minutes) to a topic and lead a 15 minute discussion with a small group of girls.

We have prepared the following list of topics, but are definitely open to other ideas. Share your passion!

  • What it's actually like to work in tech (may or may not be focused on being a woman in tech)
  • The ethical challenges of technology, data collection, automation, AI/Machine Learning (from things like this positive story, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/magazine/can-an-algorithm-tell-when-kids-are-in-danger.html, to more complex issues like user data collection, targeted advertising, the iPhone slowdown scheme, etc.)
  • Accessibility; what it is, why it matters, examples/how-tos
  • Security
  • What is bitcoin/blockchain?
  • How'd They Do That? (a look at how something is accomplished under the hood)
  • Entrepreneurship/Business and/or preparing for a career in tech
  • Toolboxes: Explaining some common development workflows and tools

Please email tiffany@quandarymat.com if you'd be interested in participating. You do not need to attend the event in its entirety, so even if you can only sneak away from your desk for a few minutes, but you want to help, we would be thrilled to have you!

CFWIT Leading Ladies of Cucalorus Connect

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In addition to CFWIT's own Cucalorus event, we wanted to celebrate our leading ladies that are featured in other Cucalorus events!  Scroll down to see some familiar faces.

You can see the entire list of Connect events here

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Ann Revell-Pechar is president of A.Revell Communications and we are honored to have her on our board of directors for CFWIT

Join traded-sector executive recruiting specialists Rob Hawthorne, Ann Revell-Pechar, Tom Ryder, Bo Burch, and Lauren Henderson for their insights into collaborating with hiring businesses to identify the best talent to relocate into new companies and new cities.

Friday, November 10th 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Dory Weiss is VP of Engineering at nCino.

Software teams don’t need to choose between providing a great workplace or pushing hard to build great products; they can do both. At nCino we call that balance “hustling in comfort.” Founded in 2012, nCino has already been named an Inc. 500 company, one of Forbes’ Most Promising Companies of 2016, and the 2016 Best Employer in North Carolina.

Friday, November 10, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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Fran Scarlett, Harvard Business alumna, is the director of programs and services and business growth advisor for the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN).

This lively panel discussion will highlight how local media have pivoted to incorporate the digital influence on their audiences. The discussion will also showcase the growth of nonprofit news nationally in response to what many see as a dilution in journalistic integrity.

Friday, November 10, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Good luck to our 10X10 competitors!

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Two-time entrepreneur in digital marketing & custom swimwear, Ahna Hendrix

 

 

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Mike Hunter, Pivot Launch coach and former CFWIT speaker.

Connect Topics of Interest:

Featuring former CFWIT speaker Andrew Williams of Elite Innovations.

Believe That You Will, Not Just That You Can

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When Espree Devora took the microphone for her presentation you could feel the energy emanating from her in waves.

 

Starting off with a story to demonstrate that “this life is all about creating how you want it to be”, Espree described how she won on the Price is Right. Determined to be a contestant, she spent time visualizing herself on the stage doing her special winning dance. While getting the whole CFWIT crowd up to practice the dance, she relayed that she did get called from the audience, she did get onstage, and yes, she did get to do her winning dance when she won a car!

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Although successful creating ZexSports when she was in her early twenties, Espree feels she didn’t have enough belief in herself. At the time, she felt she needed to find someone older to teach her how to be successful in a sports-related venture. In hindsight, she now firmly believes that she should have followed her intuition from the beginning saying “you have to believe you can be that leader.”

There is often a difference between men and woman when asked to do something new:

 

  • Women tend to think “can I do it.”
  • Men tend to think “will I do it.”

 

Just changing our minds to “will” offers the options of learning how and considering if we want to do it, instead of immediately deciding we don’t have the skills.

The main points Espree hoped the audience would take with them from her presentation were to trust your intuition and believe in yourself, embrace a mentorship culture, create your own reality, and look after yourself.

 

 

Intuition and Belief in Yourself

Intuition is your GPS in life. If you are terrified of something, stay in touch with your
intuition and it will steer you down the correct path. Believe in yourself and work at the things that made you feel secure. Espree related how following her true beliefs resulted in

 

  • LA Tech - a collaborative atmosphere where people can support each other, sponsor start ups, and create experiences. Espree needed and wanted this support system earlier in her career and has now not only created it for herself, but encourages others to take part and help each other.
  • Women in Tech podcasts - Espree hosts these very popular podcasts, which she shares to celebrate entrepreneurial women and showcase their stories.

 

Mentorship Culture
Creating an environment and culture of mentorship helps everyone. Mentorship culture can include:

  • Silent mentoring – you may not realize it, but every time you inspire someone in your day-to- day life you are mentoring them. For example, if you exercise everyday and take care of yourself, you may silently be encouraging someone to do the same.
  • Asking for support – letting others help you can actually increase your strength and allow you to give more of yourself.

 

Create Your Own Reality
As an entrepreneur Espree creates her reality every day. Create your own story and don’t try to replicate someone else’s.

Inspired by the book by Sebastian Terry, “100 Things: What’s on Your List”, Espree
suggests that we

  • write down what we want to do, the changes we have to make to do it, and where we want to be.
  • Let go of old dreams and give yourself permission to change, grow, and want
    different things.
  • Ask yourself at the end of each day: Do I like the way I spent the day? If your
    answer is “no”, correct your path and add things that make you feel full.

 

Look After Yourself
Espree shared that she took two minutes to meditate before her speech to make sure she was grounded and energized and the results showed. She gave the following tips to follow every day:

  • Remain mindful of nutrition and think of food as fuel not entertainment.
  • Rest your mind and body even if sleep does not come easy.
  • Meditate and visualize to calm and center yourself and to focus on what you really want.

 

After taking some questions from the audience, Espree left us with one final task:
Introduce yourself to the person next to you and ask “how can I help you?”

 

I asked my seatmate, Anna Schrock, for her impression of the talk. Saying she “liked how the message has such a broad reach and is relevant to any stage in life,” Anna felt the talk resonated with her to create her own story, be willing, and to build unique ways to surround herself with positive people and energy.

 

When it comes to positive people and energy, Espree Devora is a perfect example. After listening to her talk, we all felt empowered to go out and fulfill our dreams!

 

 

 

Written by

Shelley Labrecque  

Technical and Freelance Writer and Owner of ShelWriting.com

The Empowerment Project Award

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On March 30th, 2017, Cape Fear Women in Tech was honored by The Empowerment Project in partnership with CFCC’s Social & Behavioral Sciences.

What is The Empowerment Project?  The Empowerment Project is a movement — with a powerful documentary film at its core — to honor the women in our lives.  It is the story of five female film makers who knew that powerful, inspiring women were all around us, but they weren’t seeing them in the media.  So they embarked on a 7,000 mile journey across the U.S. and interviewed these extraordinary role models.

Screening and Award presentation at CFCC

CFCC was awarded the copyright to screen this inspirational documentary.  At the conclusion of the screening, Cape Fear Women in Tech was presented with the Certificate of Appreciation for all of our collective efforts.

Manage and be managed: Evaluating project management software.

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There is no magic bullet when it comes to selecting the best project management software for your team.  Every team has unique needs, and the majority of evaluations can lead you through an endless thread of commonalities repeated throughout various tools, all touting that they are the best of the best. To weed through the monotony of similarities, first define your team’s criteria and needs.

To determine what your team requires and how to select a product, here are a few helpful questions to ask yourselves and steps to take:

  1. How big is my group in relationship to my budget?  Budget and team size can be the most important factors in evaluating what is appropriate for your team. You may have a steak appetite on a hotdog budget, and it is easy to gravitate toward the latest, top-ofthe-line product, but that may not be realistic for your team. Determine what you can reasonably afford per user account and start shopping at that price point.
  2. What management features do we NEED?  What you want vs. what you need are two very different questions. The Rolling Stones say it best “you can’t always get what you want.” When determining the must haves, consider walking through a typical day in the life of a team member. What steps must a user take to accomplish a goal? What types of team members need to be involved throughout the process? What would make our team / team members more efficient? Where are we falling short in our process?  Answers to these types of questions will establish your criteria for selecting a software product. Try not to be distracted by tools and integrations that seem cutting edge or could be useful, and focus on what would be useful.
  3. Where do we look and compare?  There are so many forums and posts evaluating a multitude of products and processes, you can quickly be overwhelmed by information and feel less informed than when you started. Limit yourself to 3 reputable forums that provide user reviews and feature comparisons. By limiting your options you can more clearly distill common opinions about software. If you see one or two companies competing for the top rankings, chances are they both have great qualities that are similar in nature.
  4. Try before you buy.  Most software comes with a free trial of some sort. It does not hurt to try on a pair of jeans or two before you walk out of the store convinced you have THE pair. This is true with any purchase. If you are afforded the luxury of a trial, then why not give it a shot? You don’t need to try every single product available for demo, but do select your top two or three and give them a spin. Keep a record of your running opinions about a product’s features. Create a list of likes and dislikes before you move on to the next trial.
  5.  The big decision.  After you have established what you can comfortably afford vs. what you need and have compared various choices, it is time to select the winner. While it’s important to listen to the whole team, be sure to give more weight to the opinions of those who will be using the software on a more frequent basis. Determine who will be the primary stakeholders in the product’s daily functions and who will use the tool less frequently. You might find that there are individual team members who are vocal proponents or some who are strongly opposed to a product. Keep sight of what’s the best fit for the group overall. Whose workflow will most heavily be impeded vs. improved? In the end, you are trying to improve efficiency, not diminish it.
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Written by Trista Banfield, Technical Project Manager at Morvil Advertising + Design Group.  Trista also is a member of the Cape Fear Women in Tech Marketing Committee.

 

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Edited by Leslie Wiegle, Project Manager, Technical Writing and Editing Professional.  Leslie is also is a member of the Cape Fear Women in Tech Marketing Committee.

Diversity in Tech: An Opportunity

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A UNCW-CFWIT Panel Recap

Early this summer Kristin Lancaster, Emilyanne Atkinson and I made our way to the Computer Science auditorium on the UNC Wilmington campus to discuss gender in tech with Dr. Curry Guinn’s Professionalism and Ethics in Computer Science class. Dr. Guin reached out to Emilyanne and I because we’re part of Cape Fear Women in Tech, and he thought we might have an opinion or information to impart on the matter. Emilyanne and I decided it would be a great opportunity to have an open discussion and connect with future tech professionals, so we said yes and roped in another participant. As a part of GE Women’s Network and experienced woman in tech, Kristin was a perfect fit for our third panelist, so we were glad she was willing to be a part of the talk.

A couple weeks prior to the event we all met to plan tackling what I consider a tough conversation. It’s not that others don’t recognize the lopsided male-female ratio in tech, but it can be uncomfortable as meandering comments and questions search for a magnetic north of blame. Based on observations throughout my short life, guilt is not the most generous of motivators. I prefer personal agency and chance to feel good about making a difference for the future – men and women move mountains to catch a glimpse of that feeling. Kristin suggested we discuss a gender diversity opportunity rather than an issue or problem, and we agreed. Shock and awe, even outrage, was not our objective. Rather, our goal was to communicate a collection of real, personal experiences and perspectives, encourage thought around why and if it matters to have diversity in tech, and plant seeds for small daily actions that could lead to larger change in the future.

As usual I forgot to take a picture while in the presence of the students, so I’ll paint a picture; 35 students, 31 males and 4 females of various ethnicities, backgrounds and ages.

This is a summary of our conversation that day.

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We started with some “get to know you” questions for the students.

What year are you? Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors,

Where did you grow up? Southeast, South, Northeast, West Coast, Southwest, Middle America, Abroad

Majors?

○ CS? About half

○ IT? Most of the rest

○ Business? 2

○ Any Psych majors like Kristin and I? Nope

Do you care about and strive to create the best and baddest-ass technology products and solutions possible? Yes. We all had this one in common. Next, I gave the students a little introduction to how this thing was about to go down.

● We were asked to join you to discuss gender in tech. Our backgrounds are fairly diverse, but we all currently work in tech in our own ways.

● The plan today is provide you with some perspective. I’m sure you’ve already reviewed a ton of statistics and reports on diversity in tech and specifically the gender makeup of some of the most highly regarded tech behemoths in Silicon Valley. You can read all the data on your own. What we’re looking to do today is impart the perspective of three real people who work in tech – we’re going to tell you parts of our story and what we see from the inside looking around and out.

● We don’t pretend to be experts in gender issues and the state of gender or diversity in tech, however, we have a collection of life experiences to draw from that we hope will help to add some humanity to what you’ve read and heard.

● As far as format – I’m going to have our guests introduce themselves then I’ll begin asking them questions we prepared in advance. Our conversation may spark questions you have or points you’d like to make – do not hesitate to raise your hand and say what you like.

We developed the following questions in advance for me to ask Emilyanne and Kristin. Each of us had our favorites as indicated by our names.

● Emilyanne – What was the gender makeup of your average computer science class when you were in school?

● All – What made you interested in tech in the first place?

● Paint a picture of your engineering team.

● All – Do you think there is a gender diversity opportunity in tech? Describe it.

○ Why should any of us care about it if there is one?

● What do you see in Wilmington that is the same or different from what you’ve seen elsewhere, or what your sense of the national/global climate?

● Emilyanne – Do you think that given enough time whatever diversity issues exist will just fix themselves?

● What’s most difficult about your current position? Does it have anything to do with your gender? How do you overcome it?

● Audrey – Have you ever discussed gender in tech with female colleagues? Male colleagues – what did it sound like? Was there a conclusion? What surprised you?

● How does communication influence your teams – do you notice differences in men and women? Is it ever a problem? Is it a benefit? Do you consider your communication style male/female/neither?

● Kristin – Does public image matter? How do you approach it?

● Kristin – What role does authenticity play for you personally? Can you give an example of a time you didn’t feel authentic?

● Kristin – Can you speak to your strategy of switching to the opposite of your default approach?

● Emilyanne – How does authenticity play out for you? From a cultural perspective do you think sometimes people feel they need to bend to the existing culture?

● Kristin – What is the problem with perfectionist tendencies in development/tech?

● Kristin – What is imposter syndrome and have you seen it in action/felt it? How to overcome it?

● What questions do you have for the students?

In a perfect world I would be able to provide a transcript of our conversation or at least answers to the questions here. The world is not perfect, so these questions will have to serve as sparks for your own internal dialogue or healthy group conversation.

I do have a few of my favorite takeaways to share:

● From Emilyanne – Maintain your sense of self, sometimes it’s good to stand out.

● From Kristin – Perfectionist tendencies are a trap that can hold you back in your career and in product development.

As we spoke, I was appreciative of the students’ respectful attention. Some made comments around their personal experiences – one female student recounted a situation at at work in a computer repair shop when a customer insisted on being helped by a male. All in all, I think we accomplished our mission. The students weren’t bored out of their skulls and possibly even had a few quality ideas to chew on, and I got to hang out with Kristin and Emilyanne. In conclusion, the statistics don’t lie, there are more men in technology professions than women. Over time, I hope the numbers change because it’s important to me that those crafting the future of technology, our future, have a rich tapestry of experiences and perspectives to bring to this work, this art. We wrapped up with this simple message… All we really want is to be good people and make great things, and if we all focus on that the world will be an awesome place.

And now, back to work.

Kristin Lancaster

Emilyanne Atkinson

Audrey Speicher

UNCW Department of Computer Science

 

Special thanks to Dr. Guinn and his fantastic class!

A Year in Review: July 2015 to July 2016

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CFWIT turned one year old in July, 2016. We can’t turn back time to relive CFWIT’s first year in existence (unless you have a spare TARDIS we can borrow), but we can remember friends made, our excellent speakers, and events with the one year recap below!


Launch Party

JULY 29TH, 2015

If we weren’t already convinced that Wilmington had enough women interested or working in technology to warrant starting Cape Fear Women in Tech, the launch party erased all doubt. We had a wide variety of fabulous ladies and a few supportive gentlemen attend that initial event and, most importantly, continue to participate and make this organization what it is today. A big Thank You to our friends and partners at tekMountain and WILMA who have supported us from day one.


Networking Bingo

AUGUST 2015

We got some feedback that networking would be a little more approachable and a lot more fun if games and activities are part of the plan. Networking Bingo gave everyone a chance to get to know each other in those early days (and win lovely prizes donated by area businesses). We also conducted a poll to gauge member interest in mentoring and volunteering.


Career Development Panel

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

What could be better than a conversation with four talented, brilliant and passionate women who want you to succeed? We were fortunate to assemble this panel and hear real career advice from Laurie Patterson, Heather Thornton, Jessica Yenser and Mandy Curtin.

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Fireside Chat with Julie Thomas

OCTOBER 27, 2015

Julie shared her incredible story of perseverance, focus and grit that left us all inspired and ready to take on our own individual challenges. Ann Revell-Pechar led the conversation where Julie allowed us to peek behind the curtain and learn what it’s like to be the CEO of a tech company today (DocsInk).

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Cucalorus CONNECT: Ladies Code Workshop

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The first annual Cucalorus Connect conference was such fun and the perfect opportunity to test out a programming workshop. We had a great group in attendance, and could not ask for a better instructor than Erin Terry from Tech Talent South. The adage goes, “Women who code together, stay together,” or at least that’s close. We’re looking forward to more of these types of events in the future and a deeper dive into specialized areas.

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Holiday Social

DECEMBER 1, 2015

Marshmallows, chocolate, wine and the company of CFWIT – a happy holiday indeed! We had a blast making s’mores and talking by the fire at A Tasting Room, our gracious host location. Ann Revell-Pechar surprised us with delicious catered snacks.

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Building Your Brand with Sandy Howe

JANUARY 26, 2016

Sandy’s discussion on building your personal brand drew one of the largest crowds in CFWIT history. She gave us practical advice and actionable steps to find out what we are known for and how to craft the messages we want the world to receive about us. This event was part one of the series for January and February on the topic of personal branding.

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Brand You Workshop

FEBRUARY 27, 2016

This fundraising workshop was part two of the two-part series we started in January on personal branding. It included practical advice and hands-on activities led by experts and professionals representing a variety of skill sets and talents. A big thank you to all the presenters and CFWIT members who attended.

Mike Hunter – LinkedIn tips and tricks

Rachal Garland – Storytelling and crafting your elevator pitch

Jenna Curry – Establishing and growing your professional credibility

Jonathan C. Ward – Photography and putting your best face forward

Katie McCormick – Creating authentic and memorable messaging

Emilyanne Atkinson – Wardrobe and finding a style that works for you

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Enterprise Data Security with Colin D’Cunha

MARCH 29, 2016

As an expert in data security, Colin brought years of experience and insight to this focused conversation. We appreciated his perspective on this highly relevant topic in today’s digital world.

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Understanding the Technology Job Market with Kimberly Griffiths

APRIL 7, 2016

We are grateful to our speaker Kim Griffiths of Adobe and our hosts at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for facilitating this conversation on building a career in technology. Building a career is a lifelong (or at least career-long) exercise, so there is always something to learn and motivate us to move forward.

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Garden Party

MAY 24, 2016

We could not have asked for a better location or day to hold a garden party. A special thank you to Susan Parker for helping us find just the right spot, and to all the ladies who donned their garden party attire and contributed to the fun and great conversation. We also conducted a survey to better understand if our group could benefit from implementing a mentoring program, so thank you to everyone who participated in the survey (we’re going to do it!).

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Self-Mentoring: The Love Child of Coaching and Mentoring! With guest Marsha Carr

JUNE 28, 2016

Marsha had us on the edge of our seats, out of our seats and in stitches over the course of her talk on Self-Mentoring and taking control of our personal and professional development. The Community Outreach Committee organized a professional clothing drive to benefit Interfaith Refugee Ministries and Hope Harbor. It was a huge success, and we were able to send more items than we imagined to deserving women in our community.

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CFWIT One Year Birthday Party!

JULY 26, 2016

We are grateful to celebrate a full year of growth and fun with this inspiring group of women. We look forward to many more birthday parties and, most importantly, to fulfilling our mission of advancing women in technology professions. Our focus remains to help women grow their networks, learn, and have an opportunity to give back and share their talents (especially when it comes to encouraging the next generation of women in tech). Cheers to us ladies!

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Outreach Update

WE ARE WORKING ON TWO MAIN AREAS FOR OUTREACH: EDUCATION AND NON-PROFITS

For education, we are looking for ways to work with the school system to align volunteers with appropriate opportunities.  We have meet with the Career Technical Education departments for both New Hanover County Schools and Pender County schools thus far.  We are hoping to have a calendar of potential opportunities organized after the start of the new school year.

We have identified some key potential outreach opportunities with the area’s middle and high schools:

  • working with the technology instructors on course content
  • volunteering in the classroom/presenting
  • speaking engagements
  • working with the career development coordinators
  • high school project mentors
  • teacher externship opportunities

For Non-Profits, we have compiled a list of organizations and are collecting contact information to work towards matching up our members with volunteer opportunities to assist some of our area’s non-profits.

Our first outreach event – the professional women’s clothing drive was a huge success.  Our generous members donated a huge amount of items provided to two organizations: Interfaith Refugee Ministries and Hope Harbour Home.


Thanks for helping make the first year of CFWIT a success!

CFWIT Committees

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Thank you for supporting Cape Fear Women in Tech! Soon we will hit our one year anniversary, and could not be where we are without your support and participation.

Going forward, we have an exciting announcement to make. Each board member has created a “committee” to take over the leadership of running various aspects of CFWIT, from event management to marketing.

We are opening up the committees to the ladies of CFWIT, and are giving you the opportunity to join one. Your skills and experience can be used to make our second year even better than our first.

Keep reading to view the opportunities and how to move forward if you’re interested in joining a committee.


Membership
Chaired by Ann Revell-Pechar

For those interested in helping grow our community of professional, technology-centric women: we could use your help! We need three people who would like to join the membership committee. This is a great pathway to leadership, and it gives you the opportunity to get to know colleagues you may not even have met yet.

If you’re interested in pursuing this committee, or have questions, please email ann@arevell.com and put CFWIT Membership in the Subject line.


Mentorship
Chaired by Ann Revell-Pechar

Have you ever been in a mentorship program before? CFWIT is looking to organize a top-tier program that has great benefits for both mentor and mentee.

If you’d like to be part of our organizing and operating team for mentors, please contact ann@arevell.com


Events
Chaired by Audrey Speicher

Do you enjoy putting together fantastic experiences and events? The Events Committee is seeking two people to participate in the planning and execution of CFWIT functions. We are ‘details people’ and proud of it. The commitment is one year followed by help transitioning the new committee members into the role.

If you are interested, please contact speicheraudrey@gmail.com


Community Outreach
Chaired by Kelli Davis

The mission of the Community Outreach Committee is to connect CFWIT members with opportunities for community involvement in the Cape Fear area especially when we are able to leverage the technical talents of our members. We also want to engage members in actively strengthening and supporting educational initiatives for young women in the Cape Fear area by identifying member resources and interests and brokering successful matches.

We will be looking for representation from our membership to participate on the inaugural committee for 2016! If you have a desire to give back to our community, please consider joining! Contact kellid@castlebranch.com.


Marketing
Chaired by Hannah Wilson

Do you love social media, writing, photography & video, or design? If you want to help promote CFWIT through marketing and produce content to provide more value for our members, you belong on the marketing committee.

We are specifically looking for a:

  • writer for newsletter, website, event, and blog copy
  • social media queen to build hype and live event posting
  • videographer to record our events for posterity

If you are interested, please email hannah@hanoona.com. Our first committee meeting will be during the first week of April.

WILMA Features a Few of our Own

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Congratulations to our ladies Sarah RitterMandy Curtin and Julie Thomas on being featured in an article in WILMA magazine.

Sarah Ritter was also just accepted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon which is the Honor Society for Computing and Information Discipline

Mandy of NextGlass, was in September’s Career Development Panel.

 

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Julie of DocsInk was in October’s fireside chat that was moderated by Ann Revell-Pechar.

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We’re so proud of all of your accomplishments!