Menlo Park, CA, August 15, 2014 – Team4Tech founder Julie Clugage and several project alumni will be providing a panel discussion on how to “Change the World and Boost Your Career at the Same Time” at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) on October 10 in Phoenix, Arizona. Presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Grace Hopper is the world’s largest gathering of women in computing the Association for Computing Machinery.
Executive Director of Team4Tech Julie Clugage will moderate an all-star panel: Andrea Ramirez, Engineering Manager, VMWare and 2 time Team4Tech alumni (Kenya and Vietnam), Terilyn Monroe, Director, Global Employee and Community Engagement, Intuit (Tanzania alumni and organizer of Inuit’s India project), Jeni Panhorst Sr. Product Line Manager, Intel (alumni of Team4Tech’s first Kenya project), and Sarah Schiff, Product Marketing Manager, Facebook (Tanzania alumni).
The panel will discuss how international skills-based service programs provide technology professionals with a way to experience consumer needs in emerging markets, while expanding opportunities for local NGO partners and growing as leaders in the process. They will share what they have learned from participating in immersive, skills-based service projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Vietnam over the past year. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how and why technology companies are enabling their employees to have immersive service learning experiences. When combined with professional development activities such as human-centered design workshops and leadership training, these programs can result in a triple-win of better processes & products, better leaders, and better NGO project outcomes in developing countries. The panelists will answer questions like: How did you grow personally and professionally from your global service learning experience? How were you able to leverage your skills and expertise as part of your project? What unexpected challenges did you encounter during your time of service? How are you incorporating what you learned back into your day job?
Moderator and panelists' profiles: Julie Clugage is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Team4Tech, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of education in developing countries by connecting technology professionals, solutions and resources with impactful local projects. Before founding Team4Tech, Julie served as Global Operations and Communications Manager for Intel Corporation's Education Market Platforms Group, a 200-person team that designs and supports deployment of purpose-built technology for K-12 education in over 70 countries worldwide. She also worked in economic development for seven years at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and at a teacher training high school in rural Guatemala.
Andrea Ramirez is an Engineering Manager at VMware’s Ecosystem Engineering R&D, where she oversees Interoperability Engineering and leads software engineering activities. As a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics, her career began as a systems engineer at Bank of America; and in the ensuing years Ramirez worked at Yahoo! Inc., VeriSign, Elemental Security and innovative start-ups. She also holds a Master's of Science degree in Software Engineering. She has been an active participant in VMware’s commitment to corporate philanthropy, bringing the examination of cloud technology to the fore in emerging economies-- in Vietnam in 2014 and Africa in 2013.
Jeni Panhorst is a Senior Product Line Manager with Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Division, leading product planning and marketing of silicon platforms for networking infrastructure. She previously held roles in Platform Architecture, Applications Engineering, and Software Engineering. Jeni is a passionate advocate for education and women in technology. In 2013, she served on a team who traveled to Kenya to deploy computer- based learning in primary schools. She has served on Grace Hopper conference leadership for several years and is the Co-Chair of the GHC14 Career Track. Jeni has been with Intel for 15 years and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
Terilyn Monroe is the Director of Global Employee and Community Engagement at Intuit. She oversees the Intuit Foundation, employee giving and volunteerism, Diversity & Inclusion and its 10 employee networks, site leadership, engagement events and incident management. Terilyn has been with Intuit since 2002 and during that time has been an HR Business Partner and has led teams in the practice areas of HR Communications, HR Program Office Management, the Employee Experience, and Alumni Relations. She was also a member of the Team4Tech service learning team in Tanzania in November 2013. Sarah Clark Schiff is a Product Marketing Manager at Facebook, where she focuses on the company's monetization strategy and the ad products Facebook has yet to build. She was a member of the Team4Tech service learning team in Tanzania in November 2013. Sarah joined Facebook in 2012 as a member of the Small and Medium Business Growth team, collaborating cross functionally to design, build, develop, and launch products that allow businesses to accurately represent their brand on Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Sarah was a Teach For America corps member in Itta Bena, Mississippi, where she taught high school special education.
About Team4Tech.org Team4Tech is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing educational opportunities in developing countries by matching tech volunteers with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose education programs can benefit from the volunteers’ support. Our projects are carefully designed to expand access to quality education by implementing relevant, sustainable technology solutions and delivering training in digital literacy, educational software, and 21st century skills. In 2014, 65 Team4Tech volunteers from tech companies including Box, Facebook, Google, Computer Sciences Corporation, Coursera, Intel, Intuit and VMware participated in 7 projects in Vietnam, India, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Cambodia, benefitting over 10,000 students and teachers.
About the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a program of the Anita Borg Institute and is co-presented with the Association for Computing Machinery. For more information, go to www.gracehopper.org The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. Founded in 1997 by computer scientist Anita Borg, our reach extends to more than 53 countries. We believe technology innovation powers the global economy, and that women are crucial to building technology the world needs. As a social enterprise, we recognize women making positive contributions, and advise organizations on how to improve performance by building more inclusive teams. ABI partners include: Cisco, Google, HP, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Amazon, CA Technologies, Dell, eBay, Facebook, First Republic Bank, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, NetApp, SAP, Symantec, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Broadcom, EMC, Neustar, Raytheon, Salesforce.com, VentureLoop, Xerox and Yahoo! The Anita Borg Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. For more information, visit www.anitaborg.org