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Jewell's Students in Free Enterprise and Girl Scouts partner on technology seminar
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 25, 2007

The William Jewell College Students in Free Enterprise team is partnering with Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council to sponsor a special one-day seminar focusing on “Technology Powered by Women.” The event for young women ages 12 to 18 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. A $5 entry fee includes all seminar presentations, lunch and a commemorative t-shirt. Registration details and additional information can be obtained by calling 816-415-7870, or on-line at http://facilitate.jewell.edu/womenintech.shtml

“Over the last several years there has been a national decline in women entering the computer science field,” said Angela Klein, assistant professor of information and computer science at William Jewell. “Currently, women make up only 28 percent of the technology workforce. This staggering statistic inspired both the Jewell SIFE team and the Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council to develop an event aimed at providing young women with a positive exposure to the field of computer science.”

“Technology Powered by Women” will provide an opportunity for hands-on experience, group discussion and networking. Guest speaker Ira Pramanick, Senior Staff Engineer from Sun Microsystems, will kick off the day with a keynote presentation, which will be followed by lunch and a series of four workshops conducted by women professors and professionals from the Kansas City area. Participants can choose breakout sessions on such topics as ALICE programming, Lego Mindstorm and web design, as well as a panel discussion about career opportunities in information technology. Parents of workshop participants are also invited to attend.

In addition to William Jewell College and the Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council, participating organizations include Sun Microsystems, WSI Internet Solutions Provider, Server Centric Consulting, Hit Resultz and the Kansas City Regional Computer Forensics Lab.

Funding for the workshop has been provided by the National Science Foundation through the Midwest Rural-Urban Girls’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) project (http://mru.missouristate.edu/home/).

The schedule for “Technology Powered by Women” is as follows:
• 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Registration
• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch
• 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions
ALICE programming
Lego Mindstorm
Web design
Panel discussion on careers in information technology

Parents are invited to accompany their daughters for the keynote speech and lunch session. A campus tour and admission presentation are scheduled for parents during the breakout sessions.

Technology Powered by Women
Speaker Bios

Ira Pramanick
Sun Microsystems
Ira Pramanick is a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems, and serves as the Availability Architect for the Sun Cluster, Sun’s High Availability (HA) product. Prior to working at Sun, Ira worked at Silicon Graphics, IBM and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Ira was the general co-chair for the 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Cluster Computing Conference and the program co-chair for the same conference in 2000. She also serves as the technical coordinator for IEEE-Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and is on the editorial board of the Cluster Computing Journal. Her research interests are in the areas of parallel and distributed algorithms, cluster solutions and availability of computer systems. She is a holder of four U.S. patents.

Angela M. Klein
William Jewell College
Angela is assistant professor of information systems at William Jewell College. She has been teaching in higher education for 7 years. She has also worked for more than 10 years as an information technology professional in the financial and healthcare industries. She specializes in systems development and audit/governance of technology. She has served in various leadership capacities for the Information Audit and Security Association and has led a student chapter of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She regularly presents for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) and works with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) to promote computer science education in grades K-12.

Jeanne Johnson
Server Centric Consulting
Jeanne Johnson is the principal and co-founder of Server Centric Consulting, a boutique information technology services firm headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Server Centric provides technical engineering services for virtualization, optimization and secure access of data to the Fortune 1000, government, education and healthcare companies, including A.G. Edwards, AT&T and St. Luke's Health Systems. Jeanne is recognized nationally in the area of virtualization and data center optimization as a member of the Partner Technical Expert Councils for VMware and Citrix software companies. She is a featured contributor for VARBusiness Magazine and is the creator of Geek DayTM, the largest private business technical hands-on event in the Midwest.

Patrice Manuel
P/Strada, LLC
Patrice W. Manuel is the owner of P/Strada, LLC. She is a Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional and has over 20 years of project management experience, having held leadership positions in advanced technology, modeling and simulation, homeland security, total quality management, logistics and system planning, research, development and engineering. She is currently a coach for Fast Trac Program (business development for entrepreneurs) with the Kauffman Foundation. P/Strada was named New Business of the Year 2002 for Kansas City during the Minority Enterprise Development Week. P/Strada is listed as one of the Top 25 Management Consulting firms in the Kansas City Business Journal. Clients include representatives from both the public and private sectors.

Marybeth Fruge
WSI Internet Solutions Provider
Marybeth Frugé is a certified Internet consultant who owns and operates her own WSI Internet Consulting franchise in Overland Park, Kan. She spent 20 years with The Trane Company in various information technology roles. Prior to purchasing the WSI franchise in 2005, she worked as an IT consultant/project manager for various companies in the Kansas City metro area, including H&R Block, Cerner, Sprint and Williams Foods. Marybeth and her husband, Trey, reside in Overland Park and have eight children and two grandchildren

Lisa Sizemore
Hit Resultz
Lisa Sizemore is owner of a local company Hit Resultz, which works with business leadership to leverage internet opportunities to positively impact a company’s strategic business goals. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Lisa’s previous business experience included sales and office management. A Kansas City native, she holds a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas.

Cynthia Smith
Kansas City Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL)
Cynthia Smith is a Senior Special Agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Field Investigation Division. She is assigned to the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory where she is a Forensic Examiner and the Quality Assurance Manager. She holds her Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certificate through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS), a B.A. in administration of justice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s in liberal arts from Baker University.

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