Manchester Girl Geeks is a non-profit organisation that I’ve been involved with for a few years now. I really enjoy giving my time and using my design skills to help champion a cause that I feel worthwhile promoting. Their aims of providing talks and networking events for women and girls with an interest in STEM subjects really resonates with me. It allows me to be part of a team of volunteers that work together to provide positive experiences to attendees. This may simply be a enjoyable afternoon at one of our Sunday Tea Parties or giving them information that may help guide their career decisions. This ability to pin point and match others to resources available is very rewarding. It has also allowed me to meet so many wonderful people in the process.
Linda Macaula, who is also part of the volunteer team, is taking a lead with the March event, which coincides with International Womens’ Day, by organising a day focused on ‘‘Making IT Happen for Women’. She aims to give attendees the chance to learn about networks for women, be inspired by the stories from those already working within IT and encourage them to take a moment to reflect on their own career paths.
The event will take place on Sunday, 8th March 2015 (10:30 to 15:30) at AutoTrader’s offices at Number One First Street (Manchester, M15 4FN). The confirmed speakers include:
- Gillian Arnold
Chair of British Computer Society’s Womens Network and Director of IT Services and Recruitment Company Tectre Ltd.
- Louise Nickson
Senior Manager, Consulting, Deloitte MCS Ltd and leading member of the Deloitte Women in Technology Network.
- Rana Tassabehji
Senior Lecturer, Bradford School of Management and leading researcher on the project ‘Technology and Tiaras’.
In order to raise awareness of the event, I’ve used some key figures from BCS’s
Women in IT Scorecard to create some visuals that have been used on Twitter.
It’s encouraging to see it being shared among @mcrgirlgeeks followers. The flexibility of helping at Girl Geeks means I can get involved with the social media as well as helping at actual events. As someone who thrives on variety – it’s fantastic!
While it’s great to be able to raise awareness through the re-tweets, the main aim is to encourage people to sign up for the actual event. Since there are still tickets available, I’ll be adapting the graphics this weekend to see if I can make the call to action stronger and increase engagement in the run up to the day.
Making IT Happen for Women tickets are £5 (including lunch)
For full details and tickets, please visit: gg-makingithappen.eventbrite.com