The very first Girl Geek Regina event is happening!
We’re very excited to bring a panel of speakers including Aleana Young, Kim Schmidt, and Donna Kovatch. The panel will be moderated by Susan Gorges.
We’ll be discussing the experiences and issues related to being a woman in a technology-related field in Regina. This panel will be non-technical, with the goal of building community around and among women in tech, to encourage the growth of women in the industry!
RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9095860965
Check out the biographies of our wonderful speakers!
Aleana is a dynamic and capable communications professional with experience in new media and public relations strategies. Aleana received her B.A. Honors, 2008, and Masters Degree, 2011, from McGill University. After moving to Saskatchewan, Aleana served as the communications deputy for Elections Sask in the last provincial election.
In early 2012, Aleana began working in energy, a technical field which is predominantly male, and populated largely by engineers and project managers. From learning the technical language of reservoir engineering to building a project website, the first six months in the field were a challenging learning experience. As a non-technical person thrust into a technical role, Aleana brings an interesting perspective as a young woman trying to work with confidence and excellence in a new role.
She thrives in an active and intensive working environment as evidenced by her ability and desire to balance an active professional and personal life. It is important to Aleana to be involved in the community in which she lives. She was elected to a four year term as a Trustee in Subdivision 2 for the Regina Public Schools as of October 2012; she was appointed by Regina City Counsellors to be a director of Regina Downtown BID earlier in 2013. In addition she is a Director for Family Service Regina. She also volunteers with the Saskatchewan Book Awards.
In her spare time, Aleana loves to cook and maintains a part time position with Regina’s only fresh fish market, Pacific Fresh Fish. She maintains a blog at www.eatmyblog.ca and an accompanying twitter account @eatmyblog focused on prairie recipes and local reviews. In addition, she has a blog in development (Hungry Night in Canada) on the intersection of food and sport.
Kim (or sneakyfox, as known online) has a diploma in Multimedia Production at Lethbridge College and life experience at nearly everything else she does. Having worked for Global TV, Beagle Productions, DirectWest and currently at Look Matters, she’s no stranger at being a rare female Unicorn (techy who can also communicate to people, not in elvish). Working in a male-dominated career ain’t easy, but she gets along with the help of her friends…and Google.
When she’s not at work, Kim is usually busy with other aspects of life, including but not limited to: Volunteering with the Regina Queen City Kinettes, belly dancing, photography, jewelry design, gardening, DIY crafting, playing laserquest, painting, baking and when time allows, gaming.
Donna Kovatch is the Manager of Training and Curriculum Development at ISC. Donna has been in the information technology industry since 1984. Her technical aptitude and many technical certifications helped her to build a career with much variety at a time when there were very few women working in this industry. For over 10 years, Donna worked for General Electric Technology Services, building and repairing computers and then went on to do server and network design, configuration and installations for large corporate environments.
In the mid 90s, Donna found that the real value for technology was to serve business and help to achieve organizational and performance goals. She switched to teaching technology to professionals that wanted to help build the industry. She spent the next 8 years working for PBSC – a wholly-owned IBM company. She had responsibility for western Canada and with 6 locations and 100+ staff, trained thousands of people how to use technology to do their jobs and run their businesses.
Donna continues to follow her true passion in teaching technology to others and is also finishing her degree in Adult Education. She works at ISC and manages a team of professionals who teach customers how to use applications and employees how to use internal work systems for best performance. Her team does assessments, designs, develops and delivers technology training projects.
In her “spare” time, Donna studies, rides her bike, golfs, volunteers, and is a wife, mother and recently, a grandmother. She will work for a few more years to fund her terrible travel habit and then join her husband in semi-retirement to do some consulting work.
We’d like to thank iQMetrix for sponsoring this event. Check them out: http://www.iqmetrix.com