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Women in Tech

PASS Code of Conduct, continued

A few days ago I blogged  about what I've been doing as a PASS Board member, including drafting a Code of Conduct for the PASS Summit. Following that post there was a good discussion on Twitter about some of the details of implementing this type of policy. I wanted to go into a bit more detail here on how implementation can work. There's a tendency to look at this type of document as a set of rules or a clearly defined list of prohibited actions. The problem with that approach is that we can't anticipate every possible behavior that could lead to...

A seat at the "24 Hours of PASS" table

"Sit at the table." This was a piece of advice offered to women by Microsoft GM Billie Jo Murray during the recent PASS Women in Technology Panel Discussion. Sometimes the tables we encounter are actual tables (do you sit against the wall at big meetings?) and sometimes they are figurative tables, like the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS (24HOP.) The March 2011 edition of 24HOP is celebrating Women's History Month by featuring female speakers presenting on a variety of SQL Server topics. Abstract submissions are being accepted until January 14 at We (female SQL Server professionals) are being invited...

What can men do?

The PASS Women in Technology luncheon topic of "Energizing the Next Generation" must have resonated with a number of men attending the conference, since more of them came to the luncheon than ever before. Several men spoke during the discussion, and one asked the question "how does a man inspire girls to get interested in technology?" Steve Jones also mentioned this in his blog post on the luncheon. The first thing I think men can do is to be open to the conversation. Obviously by attending the WIT event the men in the room were showing their interest. But they...

18 Percent

18 percent. That's the percentage of undergraduate degrees in Computer Science awarded to women in the U.S. in 2008. Twenty years ago 37% of CS degrees were awarded to women. Why such a precipitous decline? Why aren't more young women interested in pursuing a technical education? What can be done to encourage and support school-age girls who are interested in math, science and technology? This will be the topic on Wednesday Nov. 4 at the PASS Women in Technology Luncheon. Everyone at the PASS Summit is welcome to join us at 11:30 in room 6C to hear an engaging panel of speakers...

Women in Tech at PASS Summit

"Energizing the Next Generation: Encouraging and Inspiring Young Women to Choose Tech Careers" will be the topic of the 7th Annual Women in Technology Luncheon and Panel Discussion to be held at the PASS Community Summit. This year's speakers include SQL Server MVPs and PASS leaders Kathi Kellenberger and Jessica Moss as well as Digigirlz organizer Lyn Langit and Cathi Rodgveller, founder of IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now in Technology.) The luncheon will be on Wednesday November 4 at 11:30 a.m in room 6C. All Summit attendees are welcome. Visit the summit web site for more information.

Women in Tech Panel Adds Speaker: Kalen Delaney

Well known SQL Server MVP, trainer and author Kalen Delaney has been added to the PASS Women in Tech panel. The event will be held Thursday November 20 at the PASS Community Summit in Seattle. All Summit attendees are welcome. Visit the summit web site for more details on this fun and interesting event.

PASS 2008 Women In Tech Panel

The PASS Community Summit will be site of the 6th Annual Women in Tech Luncheon and Panel Discussion. Speakers include: Billie Jo Murray, General Manager SQL Central Services, Microsoft Crystal Robinson-Pipersburgh, Sr. Manager Database Administration, Intuit Kimberly Tripp,SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director Lynda Rab, Sr. Data Warehouse Analyst and PASS Program Director ...

PASS Women in Tech Survey

The PASS Women in Tech SIG is starting to plan the WIT event for the 2007 PASS Community Summit. In the past those of us planning this event have relied on informal feedback and the evaluations completed by participants at previous events when making decisions. This year we would like to get more input  to aid us in our planning. To that end, the WIT SIG is conducting a short survey. Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions on the WIT event. The survey will close on March 23, 2007.

PASS launches Women in Tech SIG

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) has launched a new special interest group dedicated to the interests of women working in hi-tech. The Women in Technology SIG is a way for women in PASS to meet, network and learn from one another. Since 2003 the PASS Community Summit has hosted the popular Women in Technology luncheon and panel discussion. The discussions at these events are always lively and thought-provoking. The WIT SIG web site is a place where these conversations can continue year-round. I encourage you to visit the site, post on the discussion board, suggest a topic or contribute...

Women in Tech @ PASS 2006

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) 2006 Community Summit is less than two months away. As Program Committee manager for this year's conference, I'm very pleased with how our schedule of speakers and sessions has shaped up. If you haven't decided to attend yet, go to the web site and check out the breadth and depth of topics and speakers. I think you'll be convinced. One event that I'd like to highlight is the Women in Technology panel discussion and luncheon. This will be the 4th year for this event. The discussion is always interesting and lively, and I think this year will...

Women in Tech @ PASS

One of the highlights of the PASS Summit for me the past few years has been the Women in Technology lunch and panel discussion. As a female member of PASS and woman working in IT, I'm encouraged that this event is included as part of the Summit. Each year it seems that more women attend the conference; attendance has certainly improved since my first PASS in 2002. This year I had the opportunity to help coordinate the WIT event. The discussion this time focused on the challenges that face women working in IT. Our starting point was a recent study conducted...



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