“Women make IT Sparkle” was the theme of this year’s Women in Information Technology conference hosted by faculty and staff in the Center for Management of Information Systems (CMIS) at Mays Business School.  Featured speakers included Amanda Adkisson, clinical professor of finance, on Financial Planning after College; Merna Jacobsen, director of the Women’s Resource Center and coordinator, organizational and staff development director for the Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs on Essential Skills for your Conflict Resolution Toolkit; and John Humphrey, co-founder and chairman of Pariveda Solutions on Networking for Life as the luncheon keynote. Jerry Strawser, dean of Mays Business School, welcomed attendees to the conference.

The Center for Management of Information Systems hosted its annual Women in Information Technology conference on March 4, 2011.
The Center for Management of Information Systems hosted its annual Women in Information Technology conference on March 4, 2011.

David and Julia Gardner, co-owners of David Gardner’s Jewelry, provided insight on current jewelry designs and a featured door prize.  In addition, door prizes were donated from HP and ExxonMobil. Five $100 scholarships were provided by CMIS. Industry attendees and conference sponsors included members from AMD, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Dell, ExxonMobil and HP.  Additional attendees included members from Anadarko, PWC, Deloitte, Pariveda Solutions, SAS, Shell, Sungard, TAMU (faculty and staff), and USAA.

Attendees assisted with round table discussions with students regarding Preparing for Your Career and Beginning Your Career.  Industry sponsors also hosted a panel discussion on Work-Life Balance Experiences.

The Women in Technology conference is hosted yearly by CMIS and includes students from Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M-San Antonio, and Texas A&M-International.