Who we are
Connecting Women in Technology was founded by Accenture, Dell and Microsoft in 2009, and has grown to become a network of over twenty Irish based technology companies with a shared mission to attract, retain and promote women in the technology sector.
Our vision is to achieve a 50/50 female workforce in the technology sector & 40% women in management across tech companies in Ireland.
Our mission is to harness the power of the collective voice in the technology sector in Ireland, to break the bias, and to relentlessly drive progress towards gender diversity, equity and inclusion to fuel innovation and accelerate economic growth.
Our culture is built on our collective power to empower.
Be visible. Be vocal. Be vibrant.
What We Do
We build a community of engaged female professionals who are connected through our shared vision, values and passion. We empower our network as we collectively strive to attract female talent, provide growth opportunities to retain female workforce and promote women in order to help them thrive in the technology industry.
With our Attract Pillar we run educational and interactive programs for students and teachers to enable future female pipeline in technology.
Our Retain Pillar enables the development and delivery of a peer network across top IT companies in Ireland to support the growth and development of female workforce.
Through our Promote Pillar there are opportunities for our companies to attend networking events, to showcase female role models, and to strengthen & scale diversity, equity and inclusivity programs within their companies.
Supported by CWiT
Our collaborative network shows the power of strength in partnerships and we are proud and willing as a network to support many initiatives led by partners or CWiT companies.
Piloted by Accenture, DCU and 30% club in 2016, this programme has now extended to a number of companies that members of CWIT and/or 30%Club. The objective of the programme is to provide pre-service teachers with first-hand experience of working in technology sector, dispel any misconception they may have about what type of people work in the sector and expose them to sheer variety of roles that exist and career paths that people take. Teachers are one of the biggest influencers for young people making subject and career choices and as these teachers with exposure to the industry embark on their pedagogical career they will be able to bring some of the transferrable skills like problem solving, brainstorming, design thinking skills they acquire from their internship to their classroom, and draw on their own experience and personal links to the industry to guide their pupils, particularly female students, towards pursuit of education and career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
CWIT has partnered with Teen-Turn, an organisation that works with girls from DEIS schools and disadvantaged communities, to identify girls with academic promise, placing them in ‘Teen-Turnships’ so they can picture themselves in Tech careers. Teen-Turn aims to influence course decision-making processes, inform participants on education and career options and combat stereotypes by strategically changing how girls identify with technology career environments through work placements and after school activities. As learning in the presence of female role models has been shown to impact girl’s self-image and confidence, encouraging girls to see themselves in new ways and stimulate new interests, female company representatives mentor Teen-Turn participants, perpetuating interest and enthusiasm. More girls exploring and gaining an interest in technology will lead to more women earning technology qualifications, thus meeting a demand for skills that is currently outpacing supply.
Find out more about Teen Turn.
Digital Futures is a program developed to raise students’ awareness of the diverse nature of career opportunities in the technology sector and promote STEM careers throughout Ireland. The program consists of an interactive presentation designed to be delivered in secondary schools and is ideally suited for Transition year students (Age 15-18), before they choose their Leaving Cert subjects. However, it may also be of interest to 5th and 6th year students who are considering their CAO choices. A number of CWIT member companies and partners deliver this program across Ireland, reaching in excess of 4,000 students each year.
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Tech We Can is a PWC initiative which is aimed at primary school pupils between 9 and 13 years. These sessions will be delivered both virtually and in person by CWiT volunteers and aim to inspire these pupils about technology.
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Our member companies are always looking for talented professionals to join their teams. Learn more about each company and click to check out the many career opportunities available.
CWIT is managed on a day to day basis by a team of professionals from member companies who oversee all aspects of the network from strategy, integration, communications, memberships and our education and early careers pillars.
The CWIT steering committee is comprised of senior leaders who provide insight and advice on the CWIT strategy. They also act as advocates for the network and help to build and grow connections.