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Jun 13, 2003

Area Industry Leaders To Join Panel Discussion For Women In Information Technology At DePaul University June 30

A group of the leading women in Chicago’s information technology industry will be on hand at DePaul University’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI) for a panel discussion to share their secrets to success in a predominantly male field.

The two-hour program, "Women in IT: Challenges and Triumphs," will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 30 at DePaul’s Egan Urban Center, 243 S. Wabash, 9th Floor. The panelists will discuss IT careers, education, obstacles to success, victories in their workplace and finding a balance between work and personal life.

Among those scheduled to participate in the panel are:

- Deborah Cracchiolo, director of engineering at Motorola

- Sharon Kamnecki, project manager for IBM Global Services

- Athir Mahmud, technical coordinator for the American Bar Association’s judicial division

- Laticia Miller, senior consultant, Deloitte Consulting

- Peggy Ruane, principal firmware engineer, Siemens Building Technologies

The event is being held to address the historical underrepresentation of women in the IT workplace and the unique career and family challenges that female IT employees face.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. However, due to limited seating, registration is required. For more information on the event or to register, contact DePaul CTI at 312/362-8714 or send an e-mail to: