ITWomen Role Models Recognition Ceremony & 2012 NCWIT Aspiration Awards

Award ceremony

What a great event!

The ITWomen Southern Florida Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing celebration was held on March 8, 2012, at the DCOTA Center in Dania, Florida, and the event was SOLD OUT with over 100 people in attendance. AAJ Technologies was an "Inspire" level sponsor and a big part of making event possible.

In her speech, entitled "Growing Opportunities for Women in Technology Fields,” keynote speaker Tina Rourk, Chief Information Officer at Wyndham Vacations, shared her journey from school to the workforce and offered compelling and encouraging insight on the growing opportunities in her field.  She explained to the audience, comprised of high school students, parents, teachers, and representatives of businesses, that hard work pays off whether you are in college or already working.  Tina discussed her own career milestones and experiences and touched on some successful career strategies for fellow and future female technology executives.

She has always believed you must "dream big" and that often-times the best place to be for successful career mobility is outside of your comfort zone.  You must concentrate on the job you are doing, understand what is expected of you, and always try to give more.  Tina truly believes that there are great opportunities for women in the field of technology and it is up to the individual to be the best they can be. This will ultimately be noticed and rewarded. You must work hard and stay focused to attain your career goals, while always remaining professional and confident in the workplace.

Tina was with us throughout the evening and made a special effort to speak to each of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing winners and runners-up.  This gave the young women an opportunity to speak directly to Tina and gain additional insight from her on a more personal level.

There was great buzz and celebration in the room during the event. Each table was comprised of someone from business and high school – students, teachers, and parents. Everyone in attendance was left inspired and motivated. It was a great celebration!