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NET SPONSORS WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AT WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 NET SPONSORS WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
 AT WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
 BOSTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- About 850 high school girls are expected to participate Friday, Oct. 23, in a "hands-on career and technology fair that is aimed at encouraging more women to pursue careers in technical fields.
 The girls, from nearly 65 schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, will attend the Women in Technology Conference sponsored by New England Telephone in conjunction with Wentworth Institute of Technology at the Wentworth Campus.
 The fair will feature workshops and displays in such areas as: telecommunications, robotics, mechanical and electrical engineering, fiber optics, management, aeronautics, architecture, computers and more.
 The conference comes at a time when experts are predicting there will be a serious shortage of scientists and engineers in the United States in the coming decades. At the same time, a greater portion of all new jobs will be filled by women.
 Organizer Lianne S. Boas, assistant director, Office of Professional and Continuing Studies at Wentworth, said, "The objective of the conference is to dispel myths that prevent young women from achieving in the math and science professions by encouraging future generations to be trained in engineering and technology.
 "These young women will develop a personal sense for the value of cultural diversity in the workplace," Boas said. "The students will be able to meet with women who are successful in high technology and talk to them about their careers."
 Sponsorship of the conference at Wentworth Institute of Technology is one part of a major corporate initiative NET has undertaken to encourage women to pursue careers in technical fields.
 "NET is a company that will require a greater number of highly skilled employees in the future, and more of those employees will be women. We feel it is important to collaborate with the education system to expose young women to future opportunities in technical industries," said Jeannie Diefenderfer, NET's human resource director primarily responsible for the conference.
 In conjunction with local academic institutions, NET has instituted a telecommunications certificate program aimed primarily at women who do not have a technical background.
 The company sponsors workshops for women in technical jobs and has an active group of more than 700 NET and NYNEX female managers who provide leadership in developing women employees.
 Boas said, "True corporate involvement, as evidenced by New England Telephone's sponsorship, is essential for the technological future of this country."
 NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
 Recognizing the implications of Workforce 2000 on New England Telephone's business, NET has instituted a number of programs designed to motivate current employees to investigate technical jobs and attract recent college graduates into the business:
 -- In conjunction with local academic institutions, the company has instituted a tem?munications certificate program aimed primarily at women who do not have a technical background. The objective of this six-course program is to give employees a grounding in the theories and practices of telecommunications technologies so that they can make informed decisions and have basic qualifications to enter a technical field. The program is available to all ue to women. For example, one course focuses on women as managers, their role in the organization and further development of their own management style/skills; and a cross-cultural seminar for women explores issues of cultural diversity and gender and builds bridges between white women and women of color.
 -- Also, some pilot courses have been held that explore new ways of building more effective working relationships between men and women. Participants include both management and non-management employees.
 -- In addition, the company has taken an active role in working with local colleges and businesses to encourage young women to consider careers in technical fields. In October, NET will again sponsor a "Women in Technology" conference at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
 -- The Association of Management Women is an organization of more than 700 New England Telephone and NYNEX employees whose mission is to provide leadership in developing and advancing women, to work as a catalyst for change in response to gender issues and to represent its membership in a manner that benefits all employees and contributes to corporate goals. The group holds an annual golf tournament to benefit the AMW Scholarship Fund for women pursuing a college education in a technical field.
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