IT is the fastest growing industry globally and underpins solutions for all other industries. Unfortunately the creators of technology are not representative of the communities we serve. With only 1/4 of tech related jobs held by women, we're here to do something about IT - together.
IT Girls Rock brings together a safe and inclusive, global community of courageous women from all walks of life who are IT-curious or IT-savvy and believe that we need more girls and women involved in technology creation to inspire innovation and ensure ethical application.
We aim to:
📍change the gender balance in tech creation
📍build capacity and confidence
📍foster creativity and meaningful connections
📍discover our superpowers
📍empower each other to live our best lives with purpose and flair
We do this through challenges, courses, coaching, conversations and collaborations.
Our purpose is to bridge gaps and create a more connected world where we celebrate differences and everyone feels welcome, valued and inspired - fostering innovation and technology for good.
An "it girl" is a trend-setting woman or girl with skills, confidence, eloquent language, relationships, and an entrepreneurial mindset that sets the example of how to have it all AND do good. She is across the latest trends in fashion, social conscience, technology and business. She knows exactly who she is and what she wants, and has an unbelievable generosity of spirit; always taking time to be kind and charitable.
Inspired by the "it girls" of the turn of the 20th century, the idea of IT Girls Rock was born!
IT Girls come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, preferences and vintages.
Gry Stene is an original "IT Girl" from the 80s, starting out as programmer at a time when there were 35-40% women in key IT roles. She has loved her 30+ years working in tech across continents, in customer obsessed roles, and is equally at home in conceptual stage startups as she is in global conglomerates.
Gry is deeply concerned about the downward trend of women in the industry, especially as tech creators and inventors, and is on a mission to encourage, enable, empower and inspire more women to step into IT in their own capability and capacity!
IT Girls Rock is key initiative for our journey and brings the coaching, mentoring, training, conversations and collaborations that Gry has developed over 30 years to a wider audience.
We use IT (Information Technology / I.T.) as an umbrella term for any activity that involves using or creating technology. We also love the way we can playfully use IT instead of it, and explore the the terms IT Girls, IT Boys and IT Folk .
IT is for everyone, and we want to make sure that the creators of technology are representative of the community we serve.
This collective is for you whether you are IT-savvy or IT-curious. Whether you already work in or with IT teams, want to transition into IT, or have an idea that could be solved with IT. You want to level up your tech clout and confidence, and believe that we as women and girls have an important part to play in shaping our future.
Do you identify as a woman and:
📍 Are an entrepreneur, "techpreneur", business leader with a idea that needs IT
📍 Hold an IT role and want to connect with other women with similar roles
📍 Hold an IT leadership role and want to explore what other women do
📍 Want to transition into IT from a different role
📍 Have an idea for IT that you don't know how to evolve
📍 Are an educator who wants to step into IT or is looking to engage students in IT
📍 Are new to IT and want to meet women who have walked the path already
📍 Study IT and want to figure out what's in IT for you and what pathways exist
We recognise that we all bring different experiences, expertise, perspectives and ideas, and that we can create amazing connections and make a difference and create sustainable positive impact.
Here are a few things that make our community special:
IT is the fastest growing industry globally and underpins solutions for all other industries. With only 4% of Australian 15 year old males and a negligible percentage of girls reporting an interest in IT-careers, we need to think outside the box to develop, attract and retain additional talent while we fix the pipeline. There are plenty of people with transferable skills who would love to be involved, but don’t know how to approach IT. At the same time, many IT folk struggle to navigate the system, ensure we are inclusive and politically correct, and remain authentic.
Sometimes all you need is a sounding board, whether that is for working out your business or product strategy, dealing with your boss, figuring out your next career step, or understanding how you can contribute to the solution and help create a diverse and inclusive organisation. Some organisations have invaluable internal programs, but if you don’t, how do you find a coach and mentor? Many of us also find it easier to speak with an external coach, consultant and mentor rather than someone that is within the organisation.
From my own experience as a protégé/mentee, mentor, coach, leader and consultant, I know that engaging someone to help for a reason, a season or a lifetime can be invaluable personally, professionally and for your business. I love to enable, empower and inspire people to think outside the box and find their voice, and guide them on their journey when they want it.
My coaching blends robust, contemporary business coaching in IT with a lifetime of mentoring and guiding people on their journey.
Check out the video below for a look inside our platform. The content will change over time, but the principles remain.
You can request to join the COMMUNITY for free any time. This will give you access to our free resources, challenges and conversations, including our live monthly calls, and an opportunity to join conversations inside the COMMUNTY HUB and COMMUNITY CHAT.
If you are interested of stepping up and being a more engaged and contributing member, we are starting out with 3 paid membership packages:
We want the community to give value to all our members and you can access a variety of programs and packages inside the community.
Please note that the names may vary slightly in the video.
We are committed to welcoming everyone IT Girl who is interested in being part of and building this community and offer scholarships for students and equity pricing for those who are marginalized or in need.
Please contact us at [email protected] if this applies to you and we will provide a tailored program and pricing for you.
In order to help our community be the best it can be for all members, please be sure to read and understand our guidelines:
This Community IS For You If:
This Community IS NOT For You If:
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