Come join the Women In Technology Panel discussion, Thursday, Feb 6, 2014, Room 502/503 at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Meeting (RMOUG).

Julie Johnson, the CEO of Firebox Training will join the other panel members Sarah Zumbrum, Courtney Llamas, and Stewart Bryson in a conversation on Woman in Technology led by Kellyn Pot’Vin, from Enkitec. This session is open to both men and women. Firebox Training will also be in attendance and demonstrating their latest course ware covering available Oracle training courses.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in the session include; Why there aren’t more woman in technology leadership roles? How does the industry get more women to join local user groups, blog, or even present at their local user groups’ quarterly or annual events? How does the IT industry get more young women interested in careers in the technical fields? How can training help get more woman into key technology positions? These are just some of the topics to be covered in the Women In Technology Panel discussion at the RMOUG event.

Due to cultural differences between men and women, the percentage of females who participate in networking opportunities, such as user group meetings, blogs, etc., is much lower in comparison to their male colleagues. According to a recent 2010 study by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) women’s participation in computer related jobs has been on a steady decline since its high in 1991. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. Over two-thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees. Women represent a vastly untapped talent pool.

Groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster than do homogenous groups, and the presence of women in a group is more likely to increase the collective intelligence (problem-solving ability, creativity) of the group. Companies with the highest representation of women in their management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than did those with few or no women. Source:

The Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group convention is a unique opportunity to shine a light on women’s participation in the IT industry.”, said Julie Johnson, the founder of Firebox Training. “Technology represents one of the fastest ways for woman to boost their job stability and annual incomes.” added Johnson. “As a mother of two young girls, I am very interested in the new math and science learning tools like Kahn Academy. Using my girls are learning advanced math concepts and are years ahead of where I was at their age” stated Johnson.

Firebox Training was founded in 2007 in Golden, Colorado. Since that time Firebox has delivered training for well-known organizations including Arbor Networks, Citrix Inc, Comcast, General Dynamics, Gulfstream Aerospace, Micron Technologies, NREL, Raytheon, Time Warner, Vertafore, Wharton School and Unisys just to name a few. Firebox instructors deliver IT training courses onsite at your location and online in an instructor lead virtual classroom setting. Offerings include the highest in-demand IT training in both public and private IT training sessions. Most recently FireBox delivered onsite live training courses in Boston, Dallas, Denver and Seattle.

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