Kansas City, MI, March 8, 2019. The Women in Technology Network hosted the inaugural International Women’s Day Conference in Kansas City. The conference brought together women in technology from all over the world and was filled with excellent speakers, keynote sessions, networking opportunities and inspiration.
Tina Rountree, Director of Sales at Managed Solution and Co-Chair of the WIT Network San Diego, attended the conference and describes her experience,
“I was incredibly excited to participate in the WIT Network Inaugural Women’s Day Conference on March 8th in Kansas City, MO. The event consisted of an amazing line up of speakers, including Barbara Hardy, who spoke about deep themes such as resilience in the face of setback, and the dreaded imposter syndrome that seems to plague many women. Her messages of “You belong, and you are enough” set the tone of the event and were appreciated by all in attendance.”
Coco Brown, CEO of The Athena Alliance, took the stage to share sobering statistics of lack of equality in both pay and positions in leadership for women. It was a great reminder to all those in attendance of why these conferences and our participation in the WIT network is so important. One of the incredible statistics shared was in reference to women graduating college: the number of college women graduating with a BS in Computer and Information Sciences dropped from 35% of women graduating in 1985 to 19% in 2016. The WIT Network is here to help reverse those statistics.
There were many takeaways from the event, and if the purpose was to share ideas, grow personal and professional connections, as well as inspire each other, the WIT conference was wildly successful, and Managed Solution looks forward to continued opportunities to participate, as well as bringing back what we’ve learned in our local chapter.
The Women in Technology Network is a community of professionals across the world that believe in making it easier for women to imagine, begin, and develop a career in IT. There are over 80 chapters in over 40 countries that provide a vast and varied network of events, contacts, and opportunities. The San Diego Chapter is co-chaired by Tina Rountree, Director of Sales at Managed Solution and Jennifer Benedict, Enterprise Account Executive at Managed Solution.