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Women in Tech: Change Makers

‘McMaster Women in Tech’ — a project that highlights and recognizes women tech changemakers within the McMaster community. The goal of this project is to inspire colleagues and students by providing a platform for women, with diverse experiences and perspectives, to share their stories.

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McMaster Women in Tech: the nominees

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McMaster Women in Tech: Hanna Haponenko

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McMaster Women in Tech: Janelle Hinds

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McMaster Women in Tech: Marissa Benson

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McMaster Women in Tech: Cynthia Lokker

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McMaster Women in Tech: Rebecca Jamieson

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McMaster Women in Tech: Jodie Lobana

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Stephanie Koehl

McMaster Women in Tech: Stephanie Koehl

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McMaster Women in Tech: Christa Morrison

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Aligning with the university’s other strategic initiatives around women in STEM, the Office of the AVP & CTO is proud to present this editorial series that highlights the successes of women who contribute to McMaster’s technology landscape. Launching on February 20, 2020, this series will feature a profile of one changemaker per month throughout the calendar year. This initiative fits within the McMaster IT Strategic Pillar of Connected McMaster Community and speaks to the important adaptability towards advance technology capabilities that comes with diverse perspectives.

Recent studies by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship both report a staggering pay gap for women in technology, with women earning $20,000 CA less than their male counterparts. Further, the ICTC also indicates other barriers for women to even enter the tech workforce, with women representing only one quarter of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) even though they represent half of the overall Canadian workforce.

We are fortunate to have so many amazing WomenInTech ChangeMakers at McMaster University and this initiative intends to highlight these women so they can be role models and beacons for other women and men who believe in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. We want to admire those who are making a difference, and inspire others to contribute to the successful advancement of our McMaster IT Strategic Vision.

We encourage any member of the McMaster community to submit a fellow classmate or colleague for consideration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the 2020 series of profiles.

  1. Please submit this Microsoft Form to nominate a colleague, student, faculty member, or McMaster community member for this recognition. You can also self-nominate, too!
  2. Candidates will be reviewed by the Office of the AVP & CTO in partnership with a McMaster IT Selection Committee. The Equity and Inclusion Office will provide guidance as well. The purpose of this structure is to ensure a range of voices and diverse perspectives are featured.
  3. If your nominee is selected, The Office of the AVP & CTO will conduct an interview with this changemaker and publish an article about their contributions to the campus technology landscape.
Criteria for prospective nominees:
1. Nominee self-identifies as a woman.
2. Must be a student, Faculty member, researchers, staff member, or alumni of McMaster University. Alumni must still be involved in campus life.
3. Can demonstrate a clear commitment to the advancement of the technology sector, IT, and/or technology use on campus.

The McMaster IT Selection Committee will be following the following guiding principles:

1. Diverse roles within the university 2. Diverse backgrounds and life experiences  3. Diverse skill sets 4. Does the candidate champion inclusiveness?
  • Faculty member
  • Student
  • Staff member
    (leadership roles & junior leaders within the organization)
  • Board member
We want to be mindful that we are representing cultural, racial, religious, age, sex/gender, and sexual orientation diversity. We are looking to feature individuals who have a range of skill sets and expertise (i.e. we want to feature developers, but also include analysts, customer service representatives, app developers, entrepreneurs etc.) Candidates should receive careful consideration if they are not only delivering an impact in the technology space on campus, but they also embody EDI guiding principles.

This means they are championing inclusiveness, creating access to opportunities for others as well.