Seven Women’s College students were present at the Women in Technology campus opening event at Google Atlanta’s headquarters on Sept. 23. Joined by Brenau University staff and faculty representatives Pam Fountain, Juli Clay and Rudi Kiefer, the students heard lectures from three of the top women in local high-tech industries – ControlScan CEO Joan Herbig, Worldpay Chief Technology Officer Nancy Cox and Satori Interactive CEO Fela Strickland-Smith.
“It was awesome to learn from these women,” said Jazzmine Eaton, WC ’16. “They demonstrated to us that what counts isn’t the field you majored in, but determination and willpower. You have to be interested in trying new things, and exploring what’s out there.”
Dean of the College of Health Sciences Gale Starich said the WIT events are important for Women’s College students. They offer young women an opportunity to explore emerging technology careers, as well as see how liberal arts degrees can provide a pathway into computer science-heavy industries.
Another Women in Technology event is scheduled Nov. 2 at the Georgia Pacific corporate campus in Atlanta. One of the employees working there, I.T. account manager Cindy Jackson, graduated from Brenau in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
“Our younger students need this experience,” Starich said. “This session is a perfect opportunity for our psychology, biology and health science majors to learn from the WIT group.”
Brenau will provide transportation, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending the next WIT event are encouraged to register at http://mywit.site-ym.com/event/GP.