Monday, May 9, 2011

GGD Brazil # 1!




We are proud to announce that on the 18th of May the first "Girl Geek Dinners Brazil" event is going to kick off in great style!


Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks CTO, is going to be the guest speaker and along with two professors from PUC (Ana Cristina Benso) and UFRGS (Karin Becker) is going to run a panel about "Women in IT - Past, Present and Future".


You can get your ticket at: http://ggdbrazil1.eventbrite.com/


To find out more about it check on the following groups:

Site: http://ggdbrazil.wordpress.com

Twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/ggdbrazil

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/ggdbrazil

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=3819446&trk=anet_ug_grppro

You are all invited to join these groups, by the way...


ThoughtWorks is going to be the sponsor of this first event and we are really looking forward to it!



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kathleen Fitzpatrick testimonial

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Senior Director of GAP INC, tells us how is to be a women in the IT world!
Kathleen is one of ThoughtWorks key client executives at the GAP. This was filmed during her recent visit to TWBR office in Porto Alegre!


video

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Open Doors for Women was a success!

t’s hard to wipe the smiles of our faces today, because our event totally rocked!

We couldn’t be more happily surprised to get over than 50 girls visiting our office last night to share thoughts and ideas about “Women in IT”. It was a super fun night, with drinks and cupcakes, meeting new and old friends.
The event started with everyone getting to know each other a little better and then we had a brief introduction on ThoughtWorks: who we are, what we do and why we wanted to build a community to increase Diversity by bringing more women to the IT Industry.
We had a brainstorm on the reasons why there are so few women working in the area and heard the stories on how the female ThoughtWorkers got into it.
A fun game showed everyone how important soft skills are to succeed in the IT world and at the end of the night we had a “tour” to show everyone our office.
It was great to hear from the attendance and we got excellent feedback. Check the testimonial we received from one of the girls, Cassiana Giani:

"When I graduated from High School, I was really into chemistry and math - and I had no idea of what I wanted, by the way.
So I tried Chemistry Engineering at a Public University and Thank God I didn't pass the Entrance Exam.
After a while, I decided to study Business Administration - Foreign Trade, because it sounded like a good idea, and I started working temporarily as an English Teacher. Since finding a job in the BA field was kind of difficult, I joined an IT company as a Translator, and when I realized I was being trained to be a Business Analyst... and I fell in love with Information Technology!
Now I am a Trainee in IT, and I am learning incredible things.
People who don't know the IT area believe it is all about programming, and being a computer nerdy. But when you get to know it, you realize how big that is, the great number of opportunities it offers and the lack of business people there is."


Check out some pictures of the event!

We are looking forward to have another cool night like this one, very soon!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Open House for Women



ThoughtWorks Brazil is organizing an Open House just for women who are interested or involved in Technology. 
    It doesn't matter what your background is: whether you're a Journalist or a Math major. This is going to be a fun event where women who are curious about technology, work in IT or even just tweet, blog or have a Social network account will get to mingle, share experiences, and learn from each other.
   So, come visit our brand new office at TECNOPUC and bring your friends too! There’s absolutely no preparation required and snacks & drinks will be served. This event is in English. Please RSVP to info-br@thoughtworks.com, if you'd like to attend.


Venue: 
Portal TECNOPUC
Av. Ipiranga, 6681
99A - 14 Floor
Partenon
Date & Time: 
April 13th, Wednesday
From 6 pm - 9 pm






Saturday, March 26, 2011

Girls Geek Dinners


Let's spread our love about Technology!!

Bellow are the links of other sites that talk about Women in IT:


The long term vision of this groups is to present Girls Geek Dinners to schools and Universities around the world. We want to encourage people to be proud of their passion for Technology and to explore all the possibilities we could create with this!

Among the goals we want to get are: To put down all the old stereotypes, identify ways to bring more people to the technology field, support those who are currently at this area, work together to include men, women, children in this awesome journey.

Sooner we'll have the first GGD event and ThoughtWorks will sponsor this one!