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Equity in Tech: A Fireside Chat with ChicGeek and CybHER

May 16 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm MDT

What is the difference between equity, as opposed to the concept of equality?

The discussion will highlight the intentional work being done by organizations such as Cybher and ChicGeek to support women in tech. Our panelists will enlighten us on the work they do and other resources or organizations that are working to improve equity within the tech ecosystem.

The discussion will wrap up with practical, actionable steps that attendees can put into practice daily to bridge the gap that exists and promote equity within the tech sector and other sectors as well. Join us for an enlightening conversation that will provide you with insights and tools to promote equity in your workplace and community.

Join Kylie Woods, Jessica Lee & Nicole Ranieri as they discuss these and other questions on deliberate actions and cultural change that has led to more awareness and intentional action towards equity.

Kylie Woods is the founder of Chic Geek, a non-profit committed to building gender diversity in technology. Through its Career Pathing initiative, Chic Geek helps intermediate women in technology achieve greater career visibility and invest in their strategic professional networks.

An avid-learner and tenacious question-asker, Kylie believes work should be something that challenges and excites you. As a mom of twin girls, Lily and Mae, she’s committed to the intentional design of work and life. Kylie’s passion lies in technology, women’s rights and creating spaces where everyone feels like they belong.

Jessica Lee is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems program at MRU. Currently, she is undertaking a co-op placement as a digital automation strategist for marketing campaigns and client data analytics at POD Marketing. As the co-founder of CybHER, MRU’s women in tech club, Jessica is passionate about creating a supportive community for female-identifying individuals interested in the tech space. Following graduation, Jessica aims to continue her mission of supporting and inspiring women in the tech industry. In her free time, she actively participates in community events focused on tech education and mentorship, furthering her knowledge and skills in this exciting field.

Nicole Ranieri is the Co-Founder of CybHER, Mount Royal University’s women in tech club, with the goal of creating a supportive environment and community for women-identifying individuals interested in tech. Nicole is currently a student in the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems program, minoring in Ancient and Medieval Studies, at MRU. She is interested in how tech can be used in libraries and other public domains to serve the community. Nicole always looks for both new, and tried and true ways of bringing together women in tech with the goal of mitigating the potential isolation they may feel and shining a light on their unique potential through networking events, organised social occasions, and female-focused educational panels.

We open this online webinar to all community practitioners in the nonprofit, public & private sectors including digital activists, tech entrepreneurs, academics, students and others interested in the potential – and perils – of using social impact technology to tackle wicked challenges in our local communities. No prior tech knowledge required!

Bring your questions, comments, and curiosity. We can’t wait to see you!

The Digital Commons is a community-based webcast initiative developed through the Centre for Social Impact Technology, meant to reach the community on intersectional issues that matter to them.

The new city-wide Centre for Social Impact Technology nurtures dialogue, learning, and action where social innovation and digital technology innovation meet.


May 16
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT
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