SOURCE: Invent Your Future Enterprises

Invent Your Future Enterprises

January 14, 2010 11:48 ET

Silicon Valley Tech Leaders and Educators Spearhead Conference to Address Career Gender Gap in Computer Science

Discover the Pervasiveness of Computing Technologies and the Wide Spectrum of Exciting and Creative Careers That Leverage an Education in Computer Science

SAN CARLOS, CA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - Invent Your Future Enterprises, a professional development company that specializes in the retention, development and acceleration of women in corporations and small businesses, today revealed the extraordinary line-up of workshops that will be featured at the first ever Dare 2B Digital Conference. The event, scheduled for February 27, 2010 at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, is the premier conference of its type for girls in middle and high school, their parents and mentors in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. To register, visit

Dare 2B Digital is presented in partnership with Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, Google, Intuit, Foothill College, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, the Association for Computing Machinery - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and TechBridge. The conference features two inspirational keynote sessions, more than 20 hands-on workshops led by computing experts, and four educational workshops for parents.

"The Silicon Valley is admired throughout the world for our spirit of innovation, our passion for learning and our track record of successes -- and women inside our local companies have played a crucial role in all these areas," said Anne Hardy, Chair, Dare 2B Digital Steering Committee, vice president technology, SAP Labs. "Many local companies rely more and more on computing technologies and therefore computer scientists. Dare 2B Digital exists to insure that the pipeline of women that will continue to shape our local companies and their successes is filled."

Research by the American Association of University Women and other organizations confirms that young girls make important decisions about whether to embrace science and technology in school or careers in their late middle school years or early high-school years. Despite a surplus of available jobs, fewer U.S. girls are signing up for Computer Science when they enter college, resulting in under-representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Dare 2B Digital brings solutions to the forefront, bridging the gap left by other events and conferences by matching young women with accomplished leaders from companies across industries representing diverse points of view.

Few young women are aware that computer science and engineering represent some of the most exciting, creative and lucrative career options. Dare 2B Digital exposes middle school and high school girls to the wide spectrum of possibilities in computing -- and addresses stereotypes and misconceptions they might have about what it takes to succeed and thrive there. Dare 2B Digital advocates a world in which women are equal and active participants in computer science, taking their rightful place in this growing field.

The conference offers young women opportunities to discover a wide range of computing technology applications in a fun and engaging environment. Examples include: how to use programming to create cool pictures, animations, stories and games; how Pixar and Electronic Arts use computing technologies to make films and video games; how to make a Farmville Facebook game; how to build a website; how to animate Lego robots; how to make stories and greeting cards with photos; how to create and share Cisco Flip videos; what Artificial Intelligence and databases are good for; and much more.

The conference also features presentations and interactive discussions for parents on how to best prepare their daughter for academic and career success; how to keep their daughters safe on the Internet; how to finance their daughter's education and much more.

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How to Register

The conference is designed for young women in 7th to 10th grades of Silicon Valley area schools.

To register, please visit Cost is $20 per person. Space is limited.

For information by phone call 408-554-4249.

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About Invent Your Future

Invent Your Future Enterprises is a professional development company that specializes in the retention, development and acceleration of women leaders. Based on extensive research on the training needs of corporate managers and high potential leaders, the company offers talent development programs, skill-building events and organizational consulting. For more information, visit

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    Invent Your Future