Logicalis US to Host Michigan ‘Girls in Technology’ Event Thursday, November 10th

Solution Provider Offers Practical Help for Young Women Exploring Careers in IT

NEW YORK, November 1, 2016 – Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), announced today it will host a special “Girls in Technology” event at its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, office on Thursday, November 10th. The event’s purpose is to give young women from high school through college-age the opportunity to explore careers in technology fields, and to learn first-hand from women who excel in those roles today what they love about working in IT and what it takes to earn their dream job in information technology. To maximize its ability to reach interested students, Logicalis is working in cooperation with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT) via its Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology (GET-IT) program. Any high school or college-aged girl interested in an IT career is welcome to attend the event and can register here: http://ow.ly/PxzO305Bc9e.

“At Logicalis, we recognize the need to help young women achieve their career goals in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field,” says Julie Spiller, Vice President of Vertical Solutions and Business Development, Logicalis US.  “Many times, young women interested in technology careers have little access to real-world role models.  Without direct contact with the kinds of organizations they may one day want to work for, they can only guess about how to best prepare for their futures. We want to empower these young ladies by sharing with them the types of careers that are available, where they might be a good fit, and how to start preparing now for a great future. Through our Girls in Technology event, we can give them a network of resources that provides leadership, professional development and support, and that connects them with real-life mentors who can offer them valuable advice along the way.”

Breaking the Silicon Ceiling

To kick off the event, Logicalis CEO Vince DeLuca will discuss the rapid changes taking place in IT today, highlighting the need for more women in technology roles.  Next, the young women will hear from Ghazal Asif, Director of Global Channel Sales at Cisco Meraki. Asif’s “Own Your Success” presentation will examine the ways young women can get off to a fast start in their careers as well as the different types of careers available in the technology industry, helping the girls to identify the kinds of positions that best match their professional aspirations.

Breakout Sessions

Next, each young woman will select three 20-minute breakout sessions to attend from a list of seven choices:

  1. Mentoring: A private mentoring session with one other student and a business leader.
  2. Communicating with Confidence: Tips and techniques for communicating with confidence in business settings.
  3. Interview Basics: Basic interviewing skills from dressing for success to making eye contact and shaking hands.
  4. LinkedIn and Social Media: A primer on using the right social media tools to achieve business goals.
  5. Types of Jobs in Technology: An overview of the types of jobs and companies in technology.
  6. International Meet-Up: Using the latest technology, girls in Michigan will meet with girls in New York City and Phoenix as well as in Brazil and England.
  7. Stepping Stones: How to prepare for a STEM career and what resources are available along the way.

To conclude the event, a professional photographer will be on hand to take headshots of each young lady for their resumes.

Women Leaders of Logicalis

Logicalis empowers its own women to become leaders in technology through a variety of programs.  One of the most popular is the Women of Logicalis (WOL), a program founded in 2014 to strengthen the women working at Logicalis US. Each branch office has its own local WOL program, while the organization hosts six annual guest speakers and meets once yearly on a national level. The company also boasts an unlimited paid time off (PTO) policy entitling salaried employees to four weeks of annual PTO plus additional unpaid time at their manager's discretion – great for all employees, this is especially helpful to women who want to enjoy school breaks with children or care for an aging family member.

Technology Leaders – Join Us!

This year’s Girls in Technology event is being made possible thanks to significant support from several Logicalis customers and vendor partners including gold partners Cisco Meraki, Cisco, Benito’s Pizza and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) among others.  Logicalis would like to invite other business and technology leaders to participate in future events supporting young women in technology. To get involved, visit the Logicalis US Girls in Technology web page, then send an email to WOL@us.logicalis.com.

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About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

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