Thanks to a story posted today on CertMag.com entitled “Push Is on for More Women in IT,” I learned about a new CompTIA program called “Advancing Women in IT Community” this morning. I was a little confused in scanning this name for understanding until I realized this represents an online community, sponsored by CompTIA, to help advance women in the IT profession. The ultimate goal is to foster the recruitment of members to build this community, and then to foment the proliferation of “member-driver initiatives” to help move this process along. Thus, suggested examples for current member-driven initiatives on the home page include the following (though the Initiatives tab page currently reads “There are no initiatives at this time.”):
- Create an “Advancing Women in IT” video
- Develop educational speakers and webinars
- Design a mentoring program
- Collect and develop group best practices
A quick gander at the home page for this community shows the kind of scope that CompTIA has in mind for its development and activity (pay special attention to the tabs, please):
CompTIA Advancing Women in IT online community home page
Further inspection of the tabs on the page shows this to be a community still very much in the early stages of coalescing. Besides the absence of real initiatives on the Initiatives tab, there’s only one entry on the Community Resources tab (survey results on forming the community from Breakaway 2011), only a single link to a couple of blog posts on the Blog Posts tab, and two events on the Events tab (both sponsored by CompTIA). There’s more to see on the bottom row of tabs, however: half-a-dozen news items under the News tab, photo and bio for community manager Cathy Alper of CompTIA on the Community Staff Leader tab, two names on the leadership tab, including Sandy Ashworth of Unisys as the Group Chair, and Jean Mork Bredenson of Service 800 as the Vice-chair, plus more than a dozen entries under the Industry Resources tab.
Obviously, this is a community that’s just getting some air under its wings. I invite my readers to check out their work, and urge them to consider lending some support and volunteer assistance to help get up and get going. For those women who already work in IT, and those getting ready to go to work in the field, that goes double!