Women, Technology, and Twenty-First Century Careers 2017

Women, Technology, and Twenty-First Century Careers

April 19, 2017

Sponsored by the Central Michigan University & SAP Public Services and designed specifically for women students, the Women, Technology, and Twenty-First Century Careers brought enthusiastic professional women to speak candidly about a wide range of experiences and careers in IT and related fields. The goal of the event was to encourage college-aged women to pursue a well-rounded curriculum in their studies that includes technology introduction. 


Highlights of the afternoon included a panel of 6 women who have professional experience in a variety of technology-related fields sharing their career experiences, words of advice and encouragement, and answering audience questions. The panelists in attendance were (from left to right):


Julie Burnard, Senior Consulting Architect, Ford Motor Company
Jeanine Charlton, Vice President and General Manager, DXC Technology
Regina Salazar, Regional CIO - Global Product Organization, Whirlpool
Valerie Weeks, Manager, Epic Ambulatory Revenue Cycle Applications and Manager, Nexus
Security and Infrastructure, Spectrum Health
Nancy Ridley, City Manager, Mount Pleasant Michigan
Erin Strang (not pictured), President and CEO of Central Michigan University Research
Corporation, CMURC


A catered networking reception followed, where the students were encouraged to connect with at least 3 panelists or other attending professionals to create business connections and enter for a chance to win one of several prizes. Some key female and technology leaders from CMU in attendance included (from left to right) Roger Rehm, Chief Information Officer, First Lady Elizabeth Ross, and Angelica Gomez, Deputy Chief Information Officer.