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Making IT Possible with Mentorship and Metrics for Women in Tech
Digital Nova Scotia and the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology Establish New Partnership
HALIFAX (May 27, 2015) – Digital Nova Scotia (DNS), the industry association for the Province’s fastest growing sector, announced a new partnership today with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) to support the career advancement of women in technology. The partnership aims to foster mutual awareness and participation surrounding DNS’ Women Leaders Fueling the Digital Economy project and SCWIST’s Make Possible mentorship platform.
Both organizations received funding from Status of Women Canada to lead 36-month projects focused on increasing the number of women working in and leading Canada’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Only six organizations from across the country were chosen to lead these projects as part of a National Women in Technology initiative.
“We’re thrilled to develop a partnership with SCWIST to support Make Possible, while also broadening the reach for our Representation and Planning Management (RPM) Toolkit. Like SCWIST, we aim to make a positive impact on our sector. Mentorship and sponsorship are fundamental aspects to career growth,” says Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO, DNS.
“We encourage our members and stakeholders to also embrace the Make Possible platform as a resource for our emerging leaders and our talent pool here in Nova Scotia,” adds Bahr-Gedalia.
SCWIST will utilize and encourage use of DNS’ RPM Toolkit, which is currently in its initial development phase. The Toolkit is intended as a resource to help managers understand issues and opportunities associated with the increased representation of women in (ICT), while supporting the measurement of workforce metrics including the hiring, promotion, attrition and representation of men and women.
“SCWIST welcomes our partnership with DNS as an opportunity to expand the impact of the Make Possible Mentoring Network across Canada to support the advancement of women in science and technology. DNS’ RPM Toolkit will enable us to work with organizations to create awareness and implement strategies to help improve women’s participation and advancement in these sectors.” says SCWIST President Fariba Pacheleh.
For more information on the Women in Technology initiative through Status of Women Canada with support from the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), please visit: http://www.ictc-ctic.ca/what-we-do/programs/talent-programs/women/
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