Are you a woman who works or wants to work in or with IT teams? Are you looking for a group where you can share and workshop your experiences, build skills, confidence, shared language, connections, mindsets and technical clout with likeminded women? A place where there is no such thing as a silly question?
IT Girls Rock brings together courageous and inspiring women from all walks of life, vintages, experiences, preferences and identities who are IT-curious or IT-savvy, work in or with tech teams, want to level up their tech clout, and believe that women need to step up and play a central part in IT to shape our future ensuring ethical and meaningful application of technology.
We build capacity and confidence, foster creativity and meaningful connections, discover our superpowers and empower each other to live our best lives with purpose and confidence through targeted workshops, courses, conversations and collaborations in a psychologically safe and inclusive environment.
Our big 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.
Gry Stene is an original "IT Girl" from the 80s, studying Computation and 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, typically in customer obsessed roles, and is equally at home in conceptual stage startups as she is in global conglomerates.
Gry is deeply concerned with 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 of women tech innovators who want to ensure ethical and meaningful application of IT.
In her blog post "IT Girls and our stories", Gry unpacks some of her own story, elaborates a bit on her why, and shares some of the stories she comes across.
IT stands for “Information Technology,” and is pronounced “I.T.“ It refers to anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software, the Internet, or the people that work with these technologies. Many companies now have IT departments for managing the computers, networks, and other technical areas of their businesses. IT jobs include computer programming, network administration, computer engineering, Web development, technical support, and many other related occupations. Since we live in the “information age,” information technology has become a part of our everyday lives. That means the term “IT,” already highly overused, is here to stay. (Christensson, Per. “IT Definition.” TechTerms. Sharpened Productions, 2006. Web. 27 January 2021. <https://techterms.com/definition/it>.)
Choosing to study IT as a young woman in the 80s when realising that IT was likely to underpin everything we do, in excitement over the potential of technology, and to prove that women can do everything that a man can do.
Stories about why women don't step into IT and how to get over that:
You can read the full post here, but maybe check out IT Girls Rock options first.
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 or want to transition into 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:
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.
We are starting out with 3 membership packages:
We want the community to give value to all our members and will be providing access to additional resources 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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