Diverse Perspectives of Women in IT (March 2024)
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by Open Mainframe Project
3w ago
The Making Our Strong Community Stronger (MSCS) collaborative hosted a webinar featuring a panel discussion on the experiences of women in the IT industry, moderated by Dr. Gloria Chance, President and CEO of The Mousai Group. Panelists included Dr. Rebecca Gott (IBM), Donna Hudi (Phoenix Software), Arshind Kaur (BMC), Ruchi Saxena (Broadcom), and Allyson Cook (Broadcom). The discussion covered various topics including the underrepresentation of women in technology, challenges they face, and strategies for creating more inclusive workplaces. The panelists shared their personal journeys, highl ..read more
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Creating a Thriving Multi-Generational Workforce (August 2023)
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by Open Mainframe Project
3w ago
At SHARE New Orleans in August 2023, Dr. Gloria Chance, CEO and Founder of The Mousai Group, moderated a panel discussion on bridging the generational divide within the mainframe industry. The event, sponsored by Broadcom Mainframe Software, IBM, the Open Mainframe Project, Rocket Software, Tech Channel, Virtual Z Computing, and BMC, brought together a diverse group of panelists, including Len Santalucia (Vicom Infinity, A Converge Company), Stephanie Nwankwo (Broadcom), Earl Dixon (Broadcom), Laticia C. (IBM), John Thompson (MCEC), Cynthia Overby (Rocket Software), Rebecca Parchman (BMC Softw ..read more
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Closing the Knowledge Gap: How to Attract and Retain Next-Gen Mainframe Talent (October 2023)
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by Open Mainframe Project
3w ago
The webinar, part of the “Making Our Strong Community Stronger” initiative, brought together leaders from BMC, Broadcom Mainframe Software, IBM, and the Open Mainframe Project to discuss strategies for attracting and retaining next-generation mainframe talent. The session, moderated by Derek Powe, SVP of Z Architecture Computing at M&T Bank, focused on current internship, mentorship, and employment opportunities within the mainframe ecosystem. Key speakers included: Earl Dixon Jr., Principal Client Services and Vitality Program Tech Lead at Broadcom Mainframe Software Jen Corio, Director ..read more
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Diversity in Tech – An Asian Perspective
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by Maemalynn Meanor
2M ago
The Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES), which was co-located at Open Source Summit North America in Seattle on April 16-18, gave attendees the opportunity to examine how a variety of perspectives and experiences can create a richer open source community and stronger open source code development. I was fortunate to attend a few of the sessions but the one presented by Masae Shida, Staff Open Source Program Manager, VMware UK, was one of my favorites. Her presentation, “Diversity in Tech – An Asian Perspective,” explored why open source communities struggle to achieve strong community parti ..read more
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Make History Every Day!
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by dhudi
3M ago
Written by Donna Hudi, Chief Marketing Officer at Phoenix Software and Chair of the Open Mainframe Project Marketing Committee Women’s History Month is coming to a close.  I kicked it off by reflecting on my own journey and those that have come before me.  While it was great to reflect, as I said a month ago, history can be made every day and we do so not only through our actions and events, but also by telling the stories.  A month ago, I left you all with a challenge but I also decided to challenge myself.  My goal was to pay attention to all of the amazing women in t ..read more
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From Academia to AI: How I Ended up on the Mainframe
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by Open Mainframe Project
3M ago
Written by Keelia Estrada Moeller, Marketing Content Specialist at Broadcom Mainframe Software In 2017–my final year of undergrad at the University of Minnesota–I took an internship at a content marketing agency. At the time, I already had plans to pursue graduate school and further my goals in academia to eventually become a professor. But Ithought, why not see what else I can do with my writing and communication skills? Little did I know, that internship would become the unexpected gateway to my mainframe career. Within a few months, I was hired as a full-time employee specializing in techn ..read more
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Stepping out of my Comfort Zone: My Journey to the Mainframe Community
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by Open Mainframe Project
3M ago
Written by Billie Jean Simmons, Software Developer at IBM and Zowe Explorer Squad Lead My journey begins in a small community college in a small town in northeastern North Carolina. I was studying for an Associates Degree in Arts to transfer – unsure of what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Then, I took an Intro to Programming class as an elective and everything changed. The class covered concepts and general intro topics, writing programs in pseudocode code on paper. We then had to try writing a program using Assembler language and have our programs actually run and do what we wanted, it ..read more
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An Open Letter to Women Interested in a Mainframe Career…
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by Open Mainframe Project
4M ago
Written by Lauren Valenti, Head of Mainframe Education and Customer Engagement at Broadcom and Member of the Open Mainframe Project Technical Advisory Council As you begin this exciting journey, I want to offer you some encouragement and guidance to help you navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead. First, your decision to explore mainframe technology is a wise one. Despite the perceptions and myths that mainframes are going away, they continue to play a critical role in enterprises all over the world, from banking and finance to healthcare and transportation, and many more.  Your ..read more
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Women’s History Month: Go Big or Go Home!
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by Open Mainframe Project
4M ago
Written by Donna Hudi, Chief Marketing Officer at Phoenix Software and Chair of the Open Mainframe Project Marketing Committee March is Women’s History Month and, as we kick it off, I am thinking about not only my own journey, but am excited at the thought of hearing about those of the other women involved in our community. First, let’s get me out of the way… I spent the majority of my career as a self-taught developer in the distributed world.  While I loved the creativity that came with writing code, what I loved even more was problem-solving and debugging.  Secretly, I think I al ..read more
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The importance of belonging in the Mainframe Community
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by Open Mainframe Project
5M ago
Written by Emma Pitzl, Managing Editor of TechChannel A version of this article was originally published in TechChannel. For more content like this, click here. By definition, belonging is a unique, subjective experience that relates to the desire to connect with others—according to American psychologist Carl Rogers. It’s how a person feels supported, respected, heard and valued; how they can feel proud of themselves and the others around them. So, how can the mainframe community make belonging a reality for everyone involved?  This is one of the focuses of the Making Our Strong Community ..read more
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