- Last Friday, October 11th, Intel Ireland hosted its inaugural Connecting Women In Technology (CWIT) event in conjunction with the Leixlip Women In Intel Network (WIN).
- The event, which coincided with the second annual International Day of the Girl, brought together almost 300 members from across the CWIT network which is a joint initiative between Intel, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Dell, Accenture, HP, Facebook, Google, IBM, Ericsson and Vodafone.
- The discussion topic for his particular event centered around the theme of ‘Being Successful in a Global Environment’
Last Friday, October 11th, Intel Ireland hosted its inaugural Connecting Women In Technology (CWIT) event in conjunction with the Leixlip Women In Intel Network. The event, which coincided with the second annual International Day of the Girl, brought together members from across the CWIT network which is a joint initiative between Intel, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Dell, Accenture, HP, Facebook, Google, IBM, Ericsson and Vodafone. The aim of the CWIT collaboration is to retain, inspire and empower women by developing a community and network to help grow women’s contribution in IT.
The event was held at Intel’s campus in Leixlip with over 300 delegates in attendance from across the CWIT member companies and invited guests. The discussion topic for this particular event centered around the theme of ‘Being Successful in a Global Environment’ and invited a diverse panel of guests to share experiences on their successes as well as provide tips and guidance to the audience. The panel included Ann-Marie Holmes who is the Fab24 Factory Manager at Intel Ireland, Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations, Europe Middle East and Africa, for PayPal, Marina Alekseeva who is the Director of Software Product Services in the SSG group at Intel and Olivia Leonard, Engineering and Technical Staffing Manager at Facebook.
The panel was moderated by broadcaster and former T.D. Nora Owen who facilitated a lively, candid and inspiring session among the participants. With discussion topics ranging from managing working arrangements with colleagues across the globe, to how to approach opportunities for assignments away from home and the much-debated question of achieving work-life balance, the hour long discussion was brimming with stories of the panelists own personal experiences, their learnings and their advice for the numerous CWIT members in attendance.
As the panel discussion came to close the audience were introduced to Plan Ireland CEO David Dalton who took the opportunity of International Day of the Girl to share with the audience the challenges facing females in the developing world and the actions, such as the Because I am A Girl campaign, which are in place to try and make a difference to their lives.
The event was concluded by Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes who shared with the audience that to mark the International Day of the Girl, and in lieu of traditional gifts for the speakers, Intel had sponsored a young girl named Isata from Sierra Leone through 5 years of education.
All those in attendance at the event then had the opportunity to network and continue the discussion further – the CWIT network hosts regular events for its members, you can keep up to date with their latest news by visit their Facebook page – Connecting Women In Technology | Facebook.
Panlists Louise Phelan, Olivia Leonard, Marina Alekseeva and Ann-Marie Holmes are pictured with
event moderator Nora Owen (centre)
The panel discussion gets under way at the Intel hosted CWIT event
The event took place in the Intel auditorium at the Leixlip campus
Plan Ireland CEO David Dalton addressee the assembled audience
Further images can be found here: Connecting Women in Technology event at Intel Ireland – a set on Flickr
About the Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) initiative
The Connecting Women in Technology initiative is a joint venture between Intel, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Dell, Accenture, HP, Facebook, Google, IBM, Ericsson, and Vodafone which aims to retain, inspire and empower women by developing a community and network to help grow women’s contribution in IT. As part of the CWIT initiative, regular events are hosted by member companies giving women the opportunity to come together and hear from industry leaders and peers on a variety of topics that are relevant in hi-tech, global working environments.
About International Day of the Girl
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world and the International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
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