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Women In Technology

In 2003 I attended my very first PASS Summit. I was brand new to the world of MS SQL server, working towards becoming a junior DBA, and was there to learn everything I could about SQL Server.

I distinctly remember my senior DBA suggesting that I attend the inaugural Women in Technology luncheon at Summit that year, and I declined. I can honestly say that I should have gone to that lunch in 2003, and I was dead wrong about what I perceived the WIT Luncheon and Virtual Chapter (VC) to be.

The WIT Luncheon and VC is a vibrant group of technologists that focus on what it means to be a WIT, how to break down the barriers to women entering technology fields, providing networking opportunities for WIT, and engaging the entire community to talk about perceptions and challenges that WIT face in the workplace.

Over the last couple of years we have worked hard to increase our core group of volunteers, which has allowed us to expand our reach beyond the Summit. You can now find an organized WIT presence at most PASS events and we are very happy to support the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS WIT edition March 15-16.

If you are interested in the work we do, or would just like to learn more about our group, send an email to or join us on our monthly conference call on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Additional information about our activities can be found at Read the complete article here.

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We’ve come up with a list of common objections that we’ve encountered in the past and provided some responses that will hopefully help you win your case for approval to attend.

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Register by April 12th and save 25% off the registration fee. Go forth, good luck, and we hope to see you at PASS SQLRally!

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PASS PD VC presents: Networking to Build your Professional Connections March 10, 1-2pm ET (online)

PASS DW/BI VC presents: Denali Column Store: Data Does the Twist
March 10, 10–11am ET (online)

PASS DW/BI VC Presents: Governance Program using Master Data Services
March 14, 12-1pm ET (online)

PASS Minnesota March Meeting March 15, 3-5pm CT Bloomington, MN

24 Hours of PASS: Celebrating Women in Technology
March 15-16, 8am-8pm (online)

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24 Hours of PASS Celebrates Women’s History Month

24 Hours of PASS is proud to feature 24 skilled Women in Technology over two days of free technical training sessions. March 8th marked International Women’s Day and we’re giving props to the talented 24 Hours of PASS speakers: Erika Bakse, Jes Borland, Isabel de la Barra, Hope Foley, Cindy Gross, Jyoti Gupta, Audrey Hammonds, Kathi Kellenberger, Lynn Langit, Julie Lerman, Kendra Little, Karen Lopez, Jen McCown, Stacia Misner, Wendy Pastrick, Lisa Phillip, Lara Rubbelke, Gail Shaw, Pam Shaw, Julie Smith, Jen Stirrup, Kim Tessereau, Vyshnavi Thota, and Michelle Ufford.

Sponsored by Dell, 24 Hours of PASS delivers two days of online technical training sessions, covering the hottest trends and topics facing the industry today. Register now and gear up for some intense online learning on March 15-16. Seats are limited!

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