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ShadowTech – Building A Pipeline Of Female Talent

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I hope you all enjoyed celebrating International Women’s Day 2020 last week. I was proud to be a part of a number of community events in Wellington and gave my keynote at Microsoft on Friday on the importance of men in the change required in our workplaces and organisations. We need everyone to be championing the development and success of women, not just the women! 

One of the topics of discussion I was involved with was increasing our pipeline of female talent and the importance of getting young women at high school interested in careers in tech. Our ShadowTech programme aims to do just that.  

We have had lots of requests from schools and organisations across the country looking to take part in ShadowTech. While we are hopeful we can put on this outstanding programme in 2020, we will need your help raising the funds to do so.

ShadowTech requires a significant amount of logistics and planning, which before 2019 was covered predominantly by government funding with some corporate sponsorship. Last year was our first year relying only on corporate sponsorship and we were able to run the programme in a reduced number of cities. This year we want to bring the programme back to all cities previously served and we will need all your help to do so! If you or your organisation would like to make ShadowTech happen this year, please let us know

We also know that many of you want more opportunities to connect with like-minded people, passionate about supporting women in tech. We are looking for event regional coordinators who are passionate about bringing people together! Our ‘Connect’ working group is looking for volunteers in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland to join them as event gurus. Get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Watch this space for applications to be part of Mentoring Circles this year, our programme to support women in the workplace to grow and succeed in their tech careers. 

Looking forward to a busy year ahead! 

Thank you for your continued support.

Ngā mihi,

Eva Sherwood


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