Maryland's 1st Global Trends in Technology Forum: Propelling Women Into Leadership

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The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) have partnered to launch Maryland’s first ever Women in Technology Forum to address the status of women and technology fields -- a taskforce commissioned by the Governor and Legislature of Maryland. The forum will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

The Women and Technology Forum is open to women and men technology business owners, including CEOs of manufacturing, biotechnology, IT, and engineering companies. Invitations will also be sent to women working in or contemplating a career in technology. Funding resources, including venture capitalists and angels, will also be in attendance and available for private meetings with attendees. In addition, there will be executive level speakers, panel presentations targeted for women at every stage of their professional career, and information from state agencies about resources to help launch them to increasingly successful careers in high tech fields.

“We are honored to take the lead on any initiative that brings global attention to the importance of developing women who can fully participate in and provide leadership for the information age,” states Claudia Morrell, Executive Director of CWIT, a global resource building women’s participation in information technology and related technologies.

WHEN/WHERE

The event is on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at the Columbia Sheraton in Columbia, Maryland from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The admission is only $45 General/$28 Students (college-level and above)

WHO

Event sponsors and hosts include Lockheed Martin, SM Consulting, Dell, AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Wachovia, Comcast, T. Rowe Price, Virtual Link LLC, BR MarketLaunch LLC, PRISM, XEROX, GWIB, Women in Technology, Greater Baltimore Tech Council, Regional Manufacturing and the World Trade Center Institute.

About the Center for Women and Information Technology:

The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), established at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July 1998, is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women's full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). Women's participation in IT will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that information technology addresses women's needs and expands the possibilities for their lives. The Center has three objectives; to encourage more women and girls to prepare for careers and become leaders in information technology; to communicate information related to the richness and breadth of women's lives, concerns, and possibilities using technology; and to foster research concerning gender and information technology. For more information, log on to http://www.umbc.edu/cwit

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