Finding a job, career building, working with a mentor and work-life balance were the key topics at the 16th annual Women in Information Technology Conference, held March 6. The Center for the Management of Information Systems and Women in IT hosted current and former female MIS students.

The Women in IT (WIT) conference is an event for women to network and learn from other women who are currently building their careers in IT. Topics typically include lessons learned from senior executives, managers, professionals, and newly hired women in the workforce on topics such as finding a job, career building, finding a mentor and work-life balance. The theme of this year’s conference was On The Heels of Success.

The event incorporated a wide range of successful female speakers, including Sue Redman, an executive professor for the accounting department at Mays Business School and co-founder of the TAMU Women’s Former Student Network, who spoke on the history of women at Texas A&M University. After Redman spoke, Debra Casillas of USAA talked about cybersecurity; Maggie Malek, digital public relations director from MMI Agency, talked about “Your Social Media Brand;” and Lisa Burton, career coordinator of the Undergraduate Special Programs at Texas A&M speaking on “Rock Your Resume.”

In addition, roundtable sessions for industry and student participants included topics of balancing leadership and life as well as networking tips and techniques. The event concluded with an etiquette luncheon catered through the Memorial Student Center and hosted by Randi Mays Knapp, a certified etiquette and leadership coach. For attendees, headshot photos were provided through the TAMU Photography Club, and door prizes and gift cards were awarded during the day. Prize sponsors included CC Creations, the Center for the Management of Information Systems, David Gardner’s Jewelers, Merge Boutique and Pine Boutique.

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Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.