Dawn Babian, System Analyst is the representative for NCWIT. “NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.”
“The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.” (Read more)
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An Example of Successful Women in IT
A great example of how successful women in IT can be comes from one of our own students, Donna Richardson. Keeping up with Donna for more than 11 years now; I was surprised to miss her article in Computerworld magazine. Seems fitting since later that year we won the Computerworld Honors program for education. I still remember the long distance call as Donna called the school for a motivational speech as she was on her way to a Microsoft certification in South Carolina.
Donna (Pierce) Richardson completed the CIT program in 2001 at Tennessee Technology Center in Shelbyville, TN. She started her Information Technology career at a middle Tennessee manufacturer while working to complete the CIT program.
Upon her completion, she went on to work for a contractor as a Level 2 Help Desk Technician for a large corporation in Greenwood, South Carolina. While working there, she completed her Bachelors in Computer Science in 2006 from Limestone College.
She later worked at a global healthcare industry where she worked as a Help Desk Coordinator. While working there she completed her Masters in Information Technology, with a Management of Information Systems emphasis from Strayer University in 2008. Additionally she became certified in ITIL Level 3 and also became a member of the Help Desk Institute.
She currently works at Self Regional Healthcare System as Client Analyst III where she coordinates Technology and Software rollout projects. She teaches Computer Technology courses at Piedmont Technical College. She has been married for nine years and is the mother of two lovely children ages 2 and 8. Donna and her husband were featured in Computerworld’s article “Geek Love” in the February 2011.
Another example? Dawn Babian our systems analyst who works at TTC Shelbyville and is the coordinator of the NCWIT program at our institution. Dawn Babian is a part-time Instructor at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville , assistant to CIT and Systems Analyst. Certified by CompTIA, Microsoft and the SANS Institute, Dawn acts as an assistant Network Administrator. Over the past three years, Dawn has implemented and helped to manage a majority of the online LMS. She is credited with helping to win the 2011 Computerworld Honors and 2012 TechTarget Customer Service and Integration Awards.
We have dozens of examples of successful ladies in IT. Check out the National Center for Women and Information Technology.