ITAC Online - The Gender Diversity Issue - February 2011

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Executive Forum on Gender Diversity – A Step Toward Full Parity

Ours is a metrics driven industry (ask anyone who’s ever lived through the joys of quarterly reports). The products and services we produce are generally designed to improve a customer’s performance from a benchmark of “a” to an objective of “b.” So it makes sense, when our industry is confronted with a vexing problem, to take a metrics based approach to its solution.

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Walking The Walk

Susan Rogers, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Xerox Canada Inc.

Susan Rogers, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Xerox Canada Inc.

“We don’t just talk about it; we do it.”
- Susan Rogers, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Xerox Canada Inc.

Susan Rogers is Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Xerox Canada Inc. She is also a member of ITAC’s Diversity Advisory Group, where she helps bring the right people to the table in order to push the diversity agenda in the right direction, and determine the critical items Canada’s ICT industry needs to address.

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Q&A with Sharon O’Shaughnessy, IBM Canada

Sharon O'Shaughnessy, Senior Account Manager, Managed Services and IGA Canada, Global Technology Services Delivery, IBM Canada

Sharon O'Shaughnessy, Senior Account Manager, Managed Services and IGA Canada, Global Technology Services Delivery, IBM Canada

ITAC: Women are under represented in the Canadian ICT industry.  Why do you think that is?

SO: Traditionally, fewer women have entered technical programs as their choice of post secondary education resulting in a smaller female talent pool for the industry to hire from. As an industry, we collectively need to do a better job of enticing young women into the ICT field by demonstrating how they fit and how their contributions would be valued. We have more opportunity now, by using our current social media (Facebook, Twitter, IM) to reach young women outside of the traditional classroom and show them exciting career options. However, once we attract women, the industry still needs to get better at retaining and promoting them. Unfortunately, not all ICT companies have a good track record in creating a working culture that appeals to or supports technical women, which then results in women leaving technical roles, or even the corporation entirely.

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Putting the Active in Activism

Stephanie MacKendrick, President, CWC

Stephanie MacKendrick, President, CWC

To the social advocate, relationships and partnerships are everything. When two or more people or organizations share certain resources and work together toward a common goal, the whole is often stronger than the sum of its parts. That’s exactly the case with ITAC’s partnership with Canadian Women in Communications (CWC).

CWC is a national, bilingual organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the communications sector through strategic networking, targeted professional development and meaningful recognition. The association was founded in 1991 as Canadian Women in Radio and Television, but changed its name to CWC in 1994, when the association’s mandate was altered to include women working in all communications- and technology-related sectors.

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