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A group of Citi’s women in technology have led the formation of the first WiT@SG (Women in Technology@SG) network under the Singapore Computer Society (SCS).
Launched on 17 November 2017 at Citi Singapore’s Changi Business Park (CBP) premises, WiT@SG is led by a group of three women from Citi and IBM. With an ExCo member from SCS serving as an advisor, the committee is made up of 11 women from Citi, IBM, DELL EMC, and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
The formation of WiT@SG was brought about due to the natural proximity of industry and academic partners in technology at CBP, with the goal of creating a network of women in technology across CBP and the rest of Singapore, to increase and advance the participation and leadership of women in technology, through the creation of a platform for women to connect, learn, and lead.
WiT@SG aims to serve its members by providing programmes to support and empower women in the industry and to offer opportunities for advocacy, leadership, networking, mentoring, development, and education. Each company represented will take turns to host initial quarterly events for networking and industry discussion forums.
Backed by the respective organisations, WiT@SG will be launched as a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the SCS, with the expectation of it leading into a formal WiT Chapter at SCS once the network is established. SCS will provide administrative support for registration and maintaining membership for the group as well as a governance framework to ensure that proper structure, and plans are established for running the network.
Amol Gupte, head of ASEAN and CEO of Citi Singapore, said: “Citi is pleased to be part of the WiT@SG network as such initiatives encourage the development of new talent into the growing field of technology. By providing participants with access to mentors and role models to support them in their careers, the network will help to build a strong pipeline of women leaders with relevant skill sets for the future.”
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