It was a real no brainer when the announcement of the STEMAspire program came out that I was keen to get involved. Supporting women in IT and youth learning is what I am passionate about. It makes up my core values and morals as a woman in the IT industry.Over the past 18 years I have seen a real shift in the attitude and acceptance of women in the IT industry. Although we still have a long way to go to get the gender balance right, Dell are leading the way in making IT an equal playing field.The Pipeline problemIt is clear that schools offer STEM subjects as part of their curriculum, where we see there is a high uptake of STEM subjects by females at this stage in their lives, which is great. However, this number significantly drops when it comes to Higher education choices and there after a dramatic drop when planning or considering a career in technology.This is where the Dell Glasgow STEMAspire program is leading the gender balance issue with our 12-month mentoring program – to encourage STEM subject females to remain in industry and inform of the great job diversity available in technology.Mark White, Site Lead for Dell in Scotland, noted that as retention was a key element of the programme, it would aim to assist women as early as possible in their studies. White noted: “We meet a lot of women who have decided to buck the trend and gain an education in a STEM topic and we’ve been increasingly concerned by the number of them who, during their education, decide to look at other careers.“The gender imbalance in technology does get a little more equal every year, but this is being hampered when female graduates get some experience of working in our industry and decide it’s not for them. The feedback we receive is all too-often based around just how male-dominated the industry feels.”This is why being a mentor for this program is so important to the wider Women in Tech picture and ultimately why I signed up – to help empower and enhance women’s motivation and aspirations to plan a career in Technology.Being a MentorI have gained so much already from being a mentor, not just the comfort that I am contributing to the greater good, but that I am supporting a young adult in her career goals and choices whilst opening a network of career sponsors to help her further. Over the course of the past 10 months, as a Mentor, I have developed my communication skills, realised my leadership skills and expanded my social media understanding and user skills.I meet with Vardah, my Mentee, every month and we spend time going through her goals – short and long term. We meet in the Dell Glasgow office, have some lunch and talk about her next steps, key objectives and what I can do to support these.I find the benefits of being a Mentor exciting. They allow me to share my expertise, exercise my leadership skills, expand my network and obtain fresh perspectives, whilst investing in our organisations future.I would encourage anyone to get involved – you will be thankful of the opportunity and find reward in the process.
September 23, 2020
William Ahaus, 52 years old, of Yorkville, IN passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020. William was one of a kind and was known by many nicknames to his family and friends, including Big D, Eddert, Ed, and Mayo. He was a huge Nascar fan, went to several races, and loved watching his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt, closely followed by his second favorite, Dale Jr. He was such a fan of racing that along with his brother and friends built a racecar and raced it locally. William was also a big fan of Hank Williams Jr. He had every album Hank ever made, had been to at least 10 shows and was a member of his fan club. Locally he was a Bengals fan and loved East Central High School football and Friday night football games.William will be greatly missed by his brothers Francis (Kim) Ahaus, Johnny (Paula) Ahaus, Chris (Jane) Ahaus; sisters Sandy (Gary) Stenger, Mary (Rick) Clark, Tamie Ahaus (Troy Roark); and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Anna Mae & Frank Ahaus, brother Tommy Ahaus, sisters Debbie Ahaus and Nancy Ahaus, and nephews Josh Garrison, Kyle Garrison, and Andy Stenger.A celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home. Memorials for William will be used to offset funeral expenses. To offer condolences online, please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.