Another group has launched a program to get more women into information technology. The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) has created the Connecting Women Leaders in Technology program to provide support tools to deliver educational opportunities to develop skills, advance women’s careers and enhance their leadership.
In a statement issued Wednesday the association cited projections from Deloitte Global that less than one in four IT jobs in developed countries will be held by women at the end of this year.
“The empowerment of women within the global technology workforce is critical to sustaining, growing and advancing our profession,” Jo Stewart-Rattray, chair of ISACA’s Women in Leadership Council and director of information security and IT assurance for BRM Holdich. “Connecting Women Leaders in Technology will engage female professionals in the key areas of education, awareness and advocacy.”
The upcoming ISACA cybersecurity conferences CSX North America (Oct. 17-19 in Las Vegas) and CSX Europe will feature programming and networking opportunities as part of this program.
Among the goals of the Connecting Women Leaders in Technology program is sharing of success stories of female leaders in the industry as well as build awareness around the issues impacting female leadership in the technology workforce. Another is to foster collaborative networks and raise awareness about leadership and empowerment.
There are 11 ISACA chapters in Canada. The association encourages women to connect with a local chapter to meet their colleagues. “Through ISACA, I have met some amazing Canadian female leaders that I know are dedicated to helping more women advance in our industry,” Stewart-Rattray said in an email.
“The empowerment of women within the global technology workforce and female leadership are critical to sustaining our professions,” Stewart-Rattray has written. “Connecting Women Leaders in Technology will engage female professionals in the key areas of education, awareness and advocacy.
“There are many women thriving in tech careers but we believe there should be more. That is where awareness, showcasing women in tech success stories, education and cultural initiatives can make a real difference.”
In 2017, ISACA will feature several educational opportunities, including a Women in Technology webinar series. A separate half-day program will take place at ISACA’s North America CACS Conference in Las Vegas, in addition to several other special programming options at other ISACAconferences. ISACA will also foster relationships with other organizations offering programs and resources for women.