In the last months, we have been hard at work to create a synergy through our Corporate Social Reponsibilities and our new effort at 24Notion and Girls In Tech. This summer we are partnering up with the U.S. Department of State in one of the amazing new initiative. News Release is here
“U.S. Department of State Empowering Girls in the Middle East and North Africa Through Technology”.
Come see our leader, Ivo lukas, Founder/CEO of 24Notion & Chief Innovation officer/Global Mentorship programs of Girls in Tech will be speaking on July 16th in Washington DC at the Microsoft HQ with other top women leaders in the technology/entrepreneurship arena about the value of Mentorship and how you could become the next generation leader(s). This event is a VIP/private exclusive event only.
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From June 25 – July 18, these tech-savvy teenagers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen will engage with their American counterparts in the classroom and the community, working on their technical development and leadership skills. They will participate in an iD TechCamp, an interactive technology and computer camp, at Towson University; meet with leading U.S. technology companies in Washington, DC, and New York, NY; and take part in community service activities. The TechGirls will be also be mentored by representatives from top technology companies, making important personal contacts and expanding their networks to compete equally in an often male-dominated field. The TechGirls Program is administered by Legacy International.
Working to ensure a diverse experience, the Department has teamed up with several private sector partners, including: 24Notion, ALIVE!, Inc., AT&T, Bully Pulpit Interactive, Code4Charity, the DC Digital Divas Dinner, DoSomething.org, Facebook, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Girls in Tech, Girls Who Code, Google, OhMyGov Inc., Precision Network, Relief International, TechChange, Women Innovate Mobile, Yahoo!, and Verizon Communications. The State Department is also pleased to collaborate with the White House, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), and the Federal Communications Commission for the TechGirls program.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today that 27 TechGirlsfrom eight Middle Eastern countries and the Palestinian Territories will arrive in Washington DC on June 25 for a three-week exchange. TechGirls provides girls from the Middle East and North Africa with the knowledge and resources to pursue higher education and careers in technology. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
On March 8, 2013 is the International Women’s day, 24Notion’s own CEO Ivo Lukas hosted a virtual summit by Global Tech Women with Dawn Armstrong, the Mentorship Director of Girls in Tech in Los Angeles. The topic was about the huge need for mentorship of the upcoming generations of girls in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Since these industries are largely comprised of men, it is vital that women with experience in these fields help other women with technical skills and how to be successful. This is a great opportunity to promote greater equality in STEM fields, and also a huge advantage for both the mentees as well as mentors.
At 24Notion, we love media and technology, and what’s great about the rise in technology is the convenience and accessibility that has emerged for mentoring channels. E-mentoring has already been successfully used in education and has become a prominent practice among businessmen, especially entrepreneurs. Mentorship is becoming so popular in business that this Forbes post suggests that one should have multiple mentors with different specializations to get a wide range of benefits. Mentorship is on the rise today, and it will only continue to grow.
Ivo and Dawn explain that if you’re mentoring someone (or being mentored by someone), you are “making contacts that are going to serve you and you are going to serve them for years and years to come.” These relationships are not just for a mentee’s professional development, but for the collaboration that comes out of these connections. 24Notion thrives on connections since we know it’s the way to reach audiences and achieve strategic goals. Our goals are to make a difference, and mentoring is a perfect way to do it. This is an opportunity to give back and learn something new at the same time! Mentorship can make a difference in your personal networks, creativity, and innovation. Find people who you look up to as well as who look up to you, and start those relationships.
Check out the entire virtual summit with Ivo and Dawn below. For more information about 24Notion’s focus on mentoring, email info@24Notion.tv.
Check out video of Virtual Summit
“Are we there yet?” is the theme of this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference #GHC12 on October 3-6, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention.
3,659 women, an increase of about 23% more people, flocked to Baltimore early this month to attend the GHC12. Attendees from 42 countries, 209 companies and about 1,505 are students from 345 academic institutions. The Top 5 colleges that support student participation include Harvey Mudd College, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Purdue University. TechWomen participants from all over the continent include: Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Palestinians, and much more
Nora Denzel opened the Keynote speech, “Women Engineers have the power to change the world!” @ndenzel #GHC12. Here are her top 5 takeaways for the attendees: Have a positive attitude, feel comfortable when you are not, act properly, control your career PR agent, and create your own board of people
- A few great sessions that I’ve had the privileged of attending were Mentoring: Nethope in partnership with Microsoft/Accenture developed Women TechConnect.
-”Sponsors or mentors” panel session: Here are alarming statistics for women on top; Status of women in leadership and barriers that women are still facing include:
Challenges women face: unconscious stereotyping, lack of access to influential others, outdated work process and mindsets. What are the solutions and initiatives? Mentoring, leaders in up planning, succession planning, and high potential ID
-Intel hosted the women in color: underrepresented women in color. Had a blast attending the luncheon with all of the 200 fabulous women in color in one ballroom.
-In the afternoon, we’ve had Tech entrepreneurs Lab #TEL over 200+ attended the session and workshop. As part of the TEL committees, it was my privilege to help out the jam session. The ladies were paired up in a group of 10’s. The collaborations started 10 on each team. The team was tasked with creating an ideation based on solving the problems of one of the categories provided or choosing their own idea buckets. They were to deliver the pitch in 60 seconds, telling us the how and why: check out my top 5 must haves to pitch-rules of thumb(see photo below). Great ideas across! There is an app that tracks geographic location for students who walk to their car, dormitory, or nearby locations for their destination at night.
Last but not least, our panel discussion on how to optimize job searches was a full house. Ladies and gentlemen of all age groups came to hear the sessions. Take aways: Create an online brand presence for you, Do research on the company that you are meeting, Maximize/strategize your top companies to meet, elevate your elevator pitch, and last but not least, do stand outs from the crowd.
Last but not least: Career fair for students are awesome. Companies from Expedia, Apple, Yahoo, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Dropbox, Salesforce, and many more. See full list here
THEME: ARE WE THERE YET?
BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER
OCTOBER 3 – 6, 2012
A few sessions/workshops to attend:
October 3, 2012: 3:15pm: Career Development Track- How to Optimize Your Job Search
Abstract: Whether you are looking for your first job or thinking about a career change, come to this session to learn how to optimize your search. This group of recruiters and hiring managers will discuss the activities involved in a job hunt including: how to engage your network in your job search; searching for jobs online, and what to do when you attend a job fair. The panel will also discuss what they are looking for when they meet a potential candidate.
Twitter: #ghc12 #TEL
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm (BCC:Ballroom I): ”In conversation with …. Robin Chase, Sandy Jen, Asmau Ahmed and Elisa Camahort Page“
Abstract:This session will highlight the different personal journeys that our guests underwent to become technology entrepreneurs.
|12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (BCC:Hall D Lunchtime Table Topics Area): “Ask the Experts ..”
Abstract:This session will offer the opportunity to talk with mentors over lunch casually and candidly, including Entrepreneur Attorneys, Venture Capitalists, Successful Entrepreneurs
|2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (BCC:Ballroom I): Tech Entrepreneurs Lab
Abstract: This hands-on workshop will allow you to experience the “Ideation”, “Pitch” or “Networking” phase
Elisa Camhort-Page, BlogHer
Angie Chang, Women 2.0
Rupa Dachere, Founder, CodeChix.org
Seema Gururaj, Anita Borg Institute
Sandy Jen, Meebo
Sharon Kan, Babson College
Kathy Kleiman, Esq., Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Ivo Lukas, 24Notion & Girls in Tech
Sharon Vosmek, Astia
The 4th Annual National Association of Asian MBA’s (NAAMBA) Leadership Conference and Exposition is the largest event of its kind in the U.S. and is presenting Emerging Leaders Under 40 award winners including Founder and CEO of 24Notion, Ivo Lukas. The conference theme this year is Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, which reflects NAAMBA’s commitment to cultivating and developing Pan-Asian talent today to become the leaders of tomorrow. Their organization’s core mission is to empower and advance Pan-Asian professionals globally. Through mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities, NAAMBA strives to equip its stakeholders with tools and resources for becoming effective and inspirational global leaders. Slated to become a major initiative of NAAMBA, there is no better time than now to launch Tomorrow’s Leaders Today as the conference theme. The conference gives an opportunity for the community to come to the expo and ask the speakers/mentors questions for the next three days at Hyatt Regency level 2& Santa Clara Convention Center 5101 & 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054 from 3:50pm-5:00pm. There are many speakers/mentors for this event so be sure to attend so you may have the change to learn from their success. You can meet 24Notion, including the CEO at the Mentoring and Networking breakfast, STEM panel discussions and Gala Dinner & Awards on Friday, September 14, 2012.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012-Concurrent Professional Development Sessions III – 3:50 pm – 5:00 pm
STEM-trained workforce enjoys a competitive edge when it comes to career prospects globally. Companies increasingly find themselves competing for best STEM talent for hard-to-fill jobs as STEM talent pool is limited. Growing number of initiatives are bringing to light the shrinking STEM talent pool and the urgent need to encourage more professionals to pursue STEM education and careers to respond to the growing need of developing and acquiring STEM talent.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
Acquire information on the growing STEM fields and the career paths available within these fields. Find answers to questions such as, why are STEM-trained professionals a scarce talent pool. Why is STEM talent shrinking and what can be done to reverse this trend? How can companies effectively build and increase talent pipeline for STEM professionals?
Ivo Lukas, 24Notion’s CEO/Founder, was sought out by ASU/STEM/WISE leaders for an exclusive interview opportunity with ambitious, technology-minded high school girls. With a mission of supporting and understanding how women entrepreneurs/STEM leaders can make it to the top and then providing mentorship for young girls who want to follow those leaders’ footsteps, Lukas was a natural candidate to be interviewed. Our trusted leader at 24Notion jumped at the opportunity to reach out to young girls and reminisce on her journey from being a math-savvy high school student to top female STEM entrepreneur.
Dr. Robyn McKay, professor and mentor of a group of motivated, STEM/WISE-minded high school girls, acted as moderator extraordinaire during a casual question and answer interview style with Lukas. The questions were created and presented by fifteen high school girls, who were participating in a daylong career fair, STEM workshop, and day-in-the-life conference, and each one were fun, personal and focused on advice and personal experiences. The virtual and online interview was conducted over Skype video conference call – a fitting medium for a STEM-based discussion – and was then featured in Dr. Robyn McKay’s article, “3 Strategies for Increasing Self-Worth, Net Worth: Women in STEM” and made into a podcast, where you can listen here.
We picked the best take-aways from the interview and drafted a list of Ivo Lukas’ top advice in leaving your stamp in the STEM/WISE world. Below, you will find fundamental lessons and personal experiences from Lukas herself. For more helpful words of wisdom, listen to the whole podcast.
1. Personal strengths – creative, innovative, and math-minded. Even in High School she worked hard to make the things that she enjoyed her strengths and then utilize them in the technology world.
2. What makes a good mentor – a good mentor breaks you out of your comfort zone. There will always be people around to comfort you (i.e. parents, teachers, siblings) but a good mentor is one that encourages you to keep improving and pushes you to new experiences.
3. Vision for the future – keep pushing the envelope. Lukas plans on keep building 24Notion, the business she built from the ground up, and taking on new challenges with the company. She also plans on mentoring more with women and girls in STEM careers and donating her time and skills to philanthropic endeavors. Proving she is a women of her word, Lukas has already kick started the Girls in Tech Mentoring Program (GITm) and has been a huge player in the continuing development of Girls in Tech, a non-profit social enterprise committed to engaging, educating, and empowering like-minded women to enter technology fields with confidence and a capacity for success. Check out more about Girls in Tech and the mentorship program and stay ahead of the loop with Lukas’ Huffpost article on the next generation’s leaders in STEM.
4. Biggest challenge/achievement – 24Notion. She started the company by its bootstraps and has been able to gain the funding needed to become a full global integrative creative marketing and lifestyle agency with a list of impressive clients. She remembers when people told her that she was crazy for not only starting a business, but also giving so much back to philanthropic efforts. 24Notion has been ranked as #23 by Portland Business Journal on their list of most philanthropic companies, which shows that staying to your core values and listening to your own instincts is always important.
5. What did you want to be in high school — Everything. Lukas disclosed that she dreamed of being a mathematician, scientist, flight attendant, CIA agent, and the list goes on. Even with so many passions and work ambitions, everything that Lukas wanted to do came down to technology, creativity and art.
To hear more from Ivo Lukas, check her out at @MsSonicFlare
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Girls in Tech Presents: Women panel discussion + networking mixer: Bridging the Gap and landing the perfect tech job
June 29th at Moscone Center. San Franciso, CA at 11am Pacific
Women are making strides in supporting one another in entering and staying in technology fields. Come and hear the women leaders have a candid conversation on what needs to be done to continue to solve the gender gap in technology careers. What socialized behavior and habits do women have that are different than men in the work place? Can these hold women back?
Hear what female workplace role models have to say about the importance of:
- Career building skills
- And much more !
If you have ever found yourself or your women colleagues be hesitant about asking for raises or promotions, shy about self-promotion or reluctant to point out their own achievements, come listen to concrete advice from women who have paved the way in advancing careers in a male-dominated industry.
Laura Slezinger M.D. Girls in Tech, San Francisco & GIT Global Corp. Dev.
Intellectual Property & Internet Law Attorney, A Venture Gained Legal
Laura has a passion for the intersection of law, technology and the creative, entrepreneurial spirit. She wants to enable others to create what they want to see in the world around them- via technology, law and innovation. She is also a fervent champion of advancing women in all areas of business and leadership – and believes society as a whole will benefit from the increased engagement of women across all industries.
She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law where she was Editor-in-Chief of the law school newspaper. She was Fundraising Chair for the Women’s Law Caucus and hosted a record breaking charity auction to benefit a local women’s domestic violence shelter.
She received her LL.M. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she was a staff editor and author on the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. She worked at the Intellectual Property and Internet Justice Clinic where she advocated for students being sued by the RIAA for alleged illegal downloading of music. Currently she is Managing Director of the San Francisco Chapter of Girls in Tech, Director of Corporate Development for GIT Global and has a law practice focusing on early stage startups in business, technology, intellectual property and privacy law. Follow her @GITLaura
Vice President of Marketing-Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
As the Vice President of Marketing for the Anita Borg Institute, Jerri is responsible for the Institute’s overall branding, public relations, social media, collateral, program marketing and out bound communications. Jerri Barrett came to the institute after 20 years in the telecommunications industry with experience in both large corporations and startups. Prior to coming to the Institute, Jerri was Director of Marketing for IP Unity, a Silicon Valley startup and managed the communications for their merger with Glenayre in 2007. Before that Jerri worked with a variety of companies in marketing positions including Nortel, Frontier, CNET, Inc., LinkAir and HighWired. Jerri holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.
COO/Exec. Director of Global Mentorship Programs-Girls in Tech & CEO/Founder- 24Notion
Ivo Lukas is the Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director of Global Mentorship and Partnership Program at Girls in Tech. Ivo is passionate about leading, nurturing and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls, whose aspire to be in technology. She is the advocate of encouraging positive, inspiring and improving lives of the young girls to gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills. She is leading the Global Girls in Tech mentorship program with goals to support young girls ages K-12, college professionals and young entrepreneurs on the importance of math, tech and science at a young age that will embrace, collaborate and promote growth and success for young girls to stay in the technology sector. Furthermore, She is the Founder and CEO of 24Notion, a creative digital, brand, marketing, PR and lifestyle shop with special emphasize in giving back to the global communities (CSR). 24Notion is an integrated, cross-functional team of experts who develop and execute innovative solutions in collaboration with client needs. Ivo has over 18 years of experience in combining brand marketing, PR, advertising, innovative creative, and digital solutions for small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, and private and public institutions in a range of industries. Her sector expertise ranges but not limited to mobile, media/arts/entertainment, beauty and cosmetics, banking and financial services, fashion and apparel, academics, technology, consumer goods and services, B2B/B2C, retail, social enterprises, eco and sustainable products, and healthcare. Follow her @MsSonicFlare
Irina Frumkin- Senior SDE & Technical Lead of Microsoft
Irina joined Microsoft immediately out of college and has been with Microsoft for almost 10 years working on a wide gamut of products including MSN Mobile, Photography, Social experiences and Xbox Live services. Irina has developed large scale Social Gaming services platform based on Azure and authored an application model for distributed systems. She is currently working on large scale real-time monitoring and diagnostic solution for Xbox 360 Services. Irina graduated from University of Washington with a Computer Science degree. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two very energetic sons ,Jesse 6 and Jacob 8 that keep her very busy outside of work.
Come to Innotech this year on May 3rd, 2012: Women Tech Panel and Speed Mentoring Forum Presented by ViaWest & Software Association of Oregon Women in IT Forum sponsored by Integra Telecom and Girls in Tech
Only open to the first 50 registered women attendees, this is your opportunity to sit 1 on 1 with 3 different female executives within the technology industry. Please register at www.innotechoregon.com and select Women in IT Forum. ***Registration includes ALL InnoTech programs, the Why Oregon Keynote luncheon and Women in IT Forum. (This pass does NOT include the eMarketing or NW Security Summit luncheons.)
After joining us for the Why Oregon? keynote luncheon
11:30am-1:00pm don’t miss: The Current and Future State of Women in IT
Congrats to our Girls in Tech leaders/members who will participate on the GITPDX speed Mentoring session: Ivo Lukas, Karen Eichelberger, Corinna Kruczynski, Rosina Zevallos, Sarena regazonni and Robin Segerdahl
3:45pm – 4:30pm Happy 45 minute reception & networking – Inside Exhibit Hall E
Girls in Tech discount available – Use Discount Code WTECH30 for the $30 price ($47 value). Price include all of InnoTech, Keynote Luncheon, Women in IT Event and reception. www.innotechoregon.com click Women in IT during registration
Be sure to come to our booth to learn more about Girls in Tech and Girls in Tech Mentorship Programs(GITm); Be sure to be a fan on our group GITPDX