A forum focused on finding real solutions to the long-standing problems of how to attract, retain and advance more women in the IT industry.
At a glance
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Eileen Brown is CEO of Amastra; a company which helps you achieve your aspirations using offline and online social methods. She has been in a variety of roles in the IT Industry since 1993. After spending 10 years in the Merchant Navy as Shell Tankers first female Deck Officer, Eileen managed a fleet of ships in a container shipping company, moving into IT support, then training and management at a Microsoft Training provider in London, technical consultancy at HP and Manager of the IT Pro Evangelist team at Microsoft before leaving to start her own company.
Eileen delivers consultancy engagements, projects, and workshops with companies to help them understand their strategy around Social Media, work out their architecture and extend their reach to engage better with their customers. She also delivers workshops to help individuals become a better speaker, deliver powerful presentations, and create energised teams in the workplace.
Eileen is an accomplished and well-known international speaker and expert on Social Media, Online Branding, Web 2.0, Unified Communications and Systems Architecture and is a key advocate for the advancement of Women in Technology. She explores the art of the possible, looking at how technology is changing the world we live in, simplifying work and making you more productive. Eileen is a member of the IoD, the BCS, is part of the BCS Strategic panel for Women in IT, on the BCS Committee for the Essex region and is the Chair of Intellect Women in Technology strategic group. However, her life isn't spent entirely at her laptop. Away from work, she makes jam and chutney in awesome quantities, tends her flock of chickens, grows organic vegetables and fruit and races around the countryside in her home built 6.6 litre cobra replica car. As much as possible, whenever she encounters warmer waters, she scuba dives as much as possible to get away from the phone.
Focus of the Women in IT Forum
Inspiring, leading and influencing the action to increase the number of women in IT and advises ministers on programmes that need to be undertaken and the likely impact they will have.
Our aims, through collaborative partnerships and alliances, are to:
- Promote and realise the benefits of diversity in the industry to improve the recruitment and retention of women in the IT industry and IT related jobs.
- Work in an open and collaborative manner to inspire, lead and influence action being taken to increase the number of women in IT.
- Promote dialogue in the workplace, through the engagement of employers and employees, to fully utilise the IT and management skills of women in the industry. This will include technical and professional knowledge sharing and support.
- Undertake research and disseminate conclusions regarding the impact of the IT working environment on the careers of women.
- Raise the profile of women in the industry in partnership with IT, electronics and telecommunications industry employers, suppliers, and the Government
Our objectives are to:
- Increase the number of women in IT and their representation in senior positions.
- Provide networking opportunities for women working in the IT industry, expose support mechanisms to sustain women in the network and disseminate of best practice.
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