ITAC Online - Diversity Issue - June 2012

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Gender Diversity - What’s next?

Last June the ITAC Board of Directors achieved a goal it set for itself in 2009. At that point our 35 person board had exactly one woman on it (our current vice-chair, Jen Evans). It set a target of 30% female board composition by 2011. As of this writing we are currently at 37%. This is a testament to the fact that if you want to change something in an organization you can do it by setting a measurable target and persistently reporting on progress.

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Moving to 30 Per Cent

Lloyd Bryant, VP and General Manager - Printing and Personal systems (PPS), Hewlett Packard Canada

Lloyd Bryant, VP and General Manager - Printing and Personal systems (PPS), Hewlett Packard Canada

Last June the Board of Directors of ITAC passed a motion to make changing the level of engagement of women in our industry from 25% to 30% a priority of the association. This came as the board completed its project to change its own composition from one female director in 2009 to eleven in 2011. A key driver in achieving this objective was the creation of ITAC’s Diversity Advisory Group which conducts programs and research and exchanges best practices in diversity. Lloyd Bryant, Vice President and General Manager - Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) at Hewlett-Packard Canada, became the chair of this group in 2011 taking over from Jim Muzyka (past chair) and with the passionate engagement of the working group set out a plan to make the drive to 30% a reality.

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IBMer’s Make IBM CWC’s Employer of the Year

Sharon O, Shaughnessy, Senior Manager, Service Delivery Management, IBM Canada

Sharon O, Shaughnessy, Senior Manager, Service Delivery Management, IBM Canada

In April IBM Canada was named Employer of the Year by the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC). This is the result of not only committed leadership in the company but also the energies and commitment of many of its dedicated employees. Sharon O, Shaughnessy has been active in IBM’s Women’s Networking Group and other initiatives for over 10 years.

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Women: The Untapped ICT Talent Source

Stephanie MacKendrick, President, Canadian Women in Communications (CWC)

Stephanie MacKendrick, President, Canadian Women in Communications (CWC)

Stephanie MacKendrick has worked in the communications industry for almost three decades - ten years of which as President of Canadian Women in Communications (CWC). Known internationally for her work to promote women’s involvement on corporate boards, she was named one of WXN’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2005.
The CWC is ITAC’s partner in providing professional development services for women. Stephanie and her team also participate actively in ITAC’s Diversity Advisory Group.

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