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#RandomActsOfCommunity brought to you by @INETA NorAm

For more than a decade INETA’s been helping professional user groups.  We’ve helped you have great speakers.  We’ve sent swag boxes.  We see you at conferences.  We’re not stopping those things.

But what else do you need?

Tell us. Here.

We have launched #RandomActsOfCommunity.  It’s a quick simple form to tell us what you need.  I don’t want to put limits on your thinking, but a few ideas could be… our group has a strong interest in XYZ tech and XYZ rock-star speaker needs help getting here to speak…our group is going to lose our free meeting space can you help us pay for space for a few months…

The rules are simple and not many.  Whatever we do must be completed by end of calendar 2015.  Requests need to share the giving spirit of INETA.  We’d like you to have a relationship with INETA, but aren’t putting that as a firm requirement, however member groups will have priority.  You can ask on behalf of your own group or another, or share another need that is in our professional community and we’ll see what we can do.  The decisions of the INETA Board of Directors are final.

And, if we pick you #RandomActOfCommunity, it would be cool to get a social media shout-out of thanks.

DigiGirlz Denver April 15!

I’ll be there….holler if you want to help…send along the link to any young women you think should attend.  Here’s the details:


Microsoft is excited to announce DigiGirlz 2015 is open for registration.

Please join us on April 15th, 2015 for a full day of great activities including hands on development, career panel, and more. It is a great opportunity to meet other young ladies interested in technology while connecting with Microsoft employees in their work environment.

Come dream about your future possibilities, share your great ideas and have a lot of fun with a technology leader!

The event is free; registration is now open on a first come, first served basis.


Location: Microsoft Store: Park Meadows Mall

Address: 8505 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

· Students in grades 7-9 are welcome to register

· Online release forms must be signed and submitted prior to attending event

· Transportation to the event is the participant’s responsibility

· Breakfast and lunch will be provided

· See registration link for additional information

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSparkprogram, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. For information on global DigiGirlz events:

my week at a tech conference #wit

I went to a tech conference this past week.  We all know that as women in tech we have become used to less than stellar treatment.  I have spoken and blogged and written many times about women in tech and how we are treated.  Here’s the lowdown from this week.

I went to a tech conference.  Over a thousand people there, so a good medium-sized event. Male attendees out-numbered female attendees easily by 10 to 1.

I attended sessions.  No one cared about my gender.

I asked questions in sessions.  No one cared about my gender.

I went to evening events.  No one cared about my gender.

I ate in the standard chow hall with all the other attendees.  No one cared about my gender.

I went to a tech conference and no one cared about my gender.  Is this how men feel?