The Academy has granted IT a full Network Engineer scholarship i/a/o $10,000.

IT Women Raises more than $14k at their Second Anniversary Gala

20 topSouth Florida CIOs participate in CIO Silent Auction to benefit the ITWomen Scholarship Fund

MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 8, 2004 – ITWomen, a South Florida organization dedicated to the advancement and development of women in technology, raised more than $14 K for their ITWomen scholarship fund at their second anniversary gala held on November 4th at the Design Center of the Americas. Twenty top South Florida CIOs participated in the CIO Silent Auction, including Tery Howard, Director of IT for the Miami Dolphins; Patty Morrison, EVP and CIO for Office Depot; Mike Sutten VP and CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Miles Cyr of Carnival Cruise Lines.

“We are thankful for having the opportunity to meet these professionals and have them dedicate their valuable time to help raise funds for the ITWomen scholarship fund,” said Victoria Usherenko, ITWomen President.

The keynote presentation for the event was delivered by Maria Azua, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and Director of IT Innovation. Ms. Azua holds hundreds of patents including the OS2 operating system behind ATM machines. She spoke of her vast achievements in the technology realm and also gave insight towards the future of technology.

“Do not be afraid of new technology,” she told entrepreneurs and managers. “It is the new technology that offers you the opportunity to gain market share over your competitors.”

ITWomen also announced four companies also making contributions to the scholarship fund: Terremark Worldwide, The Academy (a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center,) New Horizons Computer Learning Center and Strategic Staffing Solution “S3”. Terremark Worldwide and Strategic Staffing Solutions donated a combined total of $1,500 towards the scholarship fund. The Academy contributed a one-time $10,000 scholarship to its Network Engineers Program. New Horizons Computer Learning Center donated free technical classes to five high school or college students, a donation worth over $10,000.

Sponsored tables at the event included AoIT Broward (Academy of Information Technology), Miami Dade College, the University of Miami, Florida International University , “S3” and DAS Enterprises.

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About ITWomen

ITWomen is the premiere South Florida organization dedicated to the advancement, advocacy, and development of women professionals in technology. ITWomen is an action oriented, non-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of professional women that have significantly contributed in the area of technology and related industries. For more information, visit