Meet Catianne Ngante, our #JWiT2017 Sponsorship Co-Chair!

I joined #JWiT2017…

So that I could be at the forefront of changing people’s perception of who works in the tech industry. The JWiT board affords me the opportunity to not only open minds, but to also open doors for women – women of varying background, but with a common passion in tech. While on the JWiT board, my goal is to spotlight the many allies that are willing to help women become future leaders within the tech industry.  Through my efforts on the JWiT board, I plan to minimize the questions I received when I told people that I was working in the digital space (e.g., “Oh, you must only be tweeting for your company, huh?”). I want women, especially women of color, to clearly state their profession in technology and not have one person ask her to prove that she does work in technology.

#TechTogether means…

To be and also train supportive allies within the tech industry, as a means of making the industry more inclusive. The act of being an ally is a core foundation in which I live my life. I have always been passionate about finding ways to ensure that others felt incorporated within all aspects of the projects I have worked on – professional and personally. My main strategy towards building that inclusivity has always been to provide transparency of the process, which results in laid out project timelines, full flushed descriptive roles and responsibilities expected of project members, and an overview of the big picture in tandem with short descriptions of project target points via written and verbal communication (e.g., presentations, check-in meetings).

Through the 2017 JWiT theme, I plan on ensuring that a similar level of transparency is available for both company sponsors and MBA attendees. It is paramount that both parties know more about one another, so that they can be allies for one another. It is especially important that the MBA attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the big picture mission and values of each company, as well as the overall career timelines of participating sponsorship company members (i.e., overview of their professional career journeys), accompanied with short descriptions of how their work schedule, work environment, and professional development varied over their career. It is my hope that such transparent conversations will provide insight and can assist the MBA attendees to strategically plan their career roadmaps and identify what tools and allies they may need to become influential tech leaders.