Intelliware recently hosted a vibrant and diverse group of women in honour of Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and writer known primarily for her work on Charles Babbage‘s analytical engine. October 16, the day celebrated in her honour, is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these traditionally male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in these areas of study and profession. The group of women in attendance, which consisted of technology professionals, educators and young women from three surrounding schools, gathered to participate in an event that was aimed at sharing ideas, inspiring innovation and empowering women in technology.
At the event, Intelliware employees provided the guests with personal office tours, one-on-one conversations about aspirations and short presentations to the group about their current and past career choices. Caren DesBrisay, VP of Human Resources, spoke about her surprising shift from a background in engineering to her current role in Human Resources, while Susan Smart, Director of Marketing, spoke about her choice to move from Human Resources into Marketing. These women were joined by Intelliware’s own Vanessa Busch (Developer), Cindy Tran (Quality Assurance), Afua Osei (Project Manager), Jennifer Leung (Usability & Design) and Jessica Cienik (Human Resources), who shared their own candid stories of the areas they once explored, tough decisions and finding their way in the workplace.
Despite their occupations, the range of ages, or their background of study, certain messages rang true amongst all of the women in attendance: first, regardless of what path you choose in school, what matters most is where you are headed; second, there is a general acceptance appointed to changing one’s mind (it is our prerogative, after all); and finally, there is an overwhelming encouragement to find work in something you love.
Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, cake and cupcakes were served as the guests were given a chance to ask questions, either en masse or one-on-one to the presenters, at a reception afterwards. The female students in attendance, ranging from grades seven to eleven, were energetic and engaged – a fantastic indication that the event was a success to both the hosts and guests alike. “Today accomplished more than twelve years of living with a tech Dad,” said Greg Betty, CEO and Founder of Intelliware, referring to his daughter’s enthusiasm upon returning from the event.
With such a wonderful response and worthwhile cause, Intelliware will plan to hold this celebration in honour of Ada Lovelace Day annually, as a way to inspire women to consider innovation and technology as a desirable and viable occupation.
If you are interested in joining us for Ada Lovelace Day next year, please e-mail us. We look forward to growing this event in years to come.