Free “Sit With Me” information fair and networking event, March 4

The public is invited to attend an information fair and networking reception for the “Sit With Me” event from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on March, 2 at Davis Hall on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.

The fair and networking event is part of a national campaign aimed at recognizing and celebrating the important role women play in technology. The event also features a sold-out keynote address and panel discussion after the networking event.

According to the website, “women in computing and IT are underrepresented. Women hold only 25% of technology and computing jobs, though they fill more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. Furthermore, only 11% of C-level executives at Fortune 500 tech companies are women.”

U.B. is one of a “handful of institutions in the country to boast of a pair of prominent women serving simultaneously in leadership roles.”

Dr. Liesl Folks, Dean of the School of Engineering will be the keynote speaker and the panel discussion will feature distinguished women in technology from the University at Buffalo and Western New York.

No registration is required to attend the networking reception and attendees are encouraged to wear red to show support for women in computing.

The Buffalo chapter of Girl Develop It, a group dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs to women (and men!) who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction will have a table at the fair and encourages the public to stop by.

“Stop by and take a photo at our booth!” wrote leader and chapter founder Elena Moiseeva on the group’s MeetUp events page. “We want to know the reasons why you love coding,”

For more information on Sit With Me, visit the Buffalo Sit With Me website at http://www.pss.buffalo.edu/sitwithme/index.html, or contact Kathleen Murphy with questions or comments at kbrown@buffalo.edu or 716-645-6700.