I’ve been quiet lately for many reasons, such as SharePoint Saturday New York and heavy amounts of travel due to funerals and family events and life.
So I think a lot of you have been wondering what is this Women in SharePoint thing? How does it fit into the community? Well, there are five of us, Kathryn Birstein, Cathy Dew, Lori Gowin, Karuana Gitamu, and myself. A year ago from this past June I wrote a blog post how I felt being a woman in SharePoint. It feels great to live in this era, because I feel less strain than some family members and friends did back in the day. Unfortunately if you noticed in the technology arena, including SharePoint, we see less young girls going into technology related majors. We see less women going into technology related jobs. I think it’s incredibly important to have an organization to support networking among the women in our community and mentor young girls trying to get into technology related majors. We are not limited to women in the community. It is a free and open organization, so any of you guys can help us out in our endeavors. Right now one of the biggest things we are doing is organizing live blogging at Best Practices Conference. We need a few good people to go out into the sessions at Best Practices and take notes for us online. It will do us a great service and people who cannot make the conference or cannot make all the sessions. If you are interested in live blogging please go to this link and sign up: http://bpc10liveblogging.eventbrite.com/.
Also, if you are interested in Women in SharePoint our website is located at http://womeninsharepoint.org and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I think if we work together we can build a very strong healthy professional community.
If anyone wants to chat about Silverlight, Women in SharePoint, or anything else come up to me. I may not be wearing my traditional Cardinal’s hat, but I will be the one walking around with the short curly black hair.