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Highlighting Our Communities: AIS Women's Network

Thursday, June 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

The AIS Women’s Network (AISWN) was established as the first college of AIS in 2014. The first ICIS Women’s Breakfast began in 1980 and has since become a long-standing tradition. We have been fortunate to have many supporters and advocates over the years, who have helped the AISWN become the strong and vibrant organization it is today.  

We strongly encourage all who are interested in advancing women in the field of information systems to join the College! Our mission is to:

  • Provide a forum for discourse between those interested in furthering the accomplishments, contributions, and careers of women scholars in information systems.

  • Provide a forum for a discourse between those in the AIS Women’s Network and members of the broader IS scholarly discipline.

  • Facilitate mentorship relationships that support the activities of women scholars in information systems.

As co-founding chair of the AISWN, I would like to thank all the women and men, who gave, and continue to give, their support, encouragement, and energy to the creation and development of the College. Special thanks go to: Cathy Urquhart, for her service as Co-founding Chair of the AISWN and for serving on the AISWN Advisory Board; Cynthia Beath and Dianne Cyr, for their willingness to serve on the AISWN Advisory Board and their tireless work as past organizers of the ICIS Women’s Breakfast (Cynthia from 1980 to 1998 and Diane from 2007 to 2009); Yolande Chan for her tireless leadership in keeping the ICIS Women’s Breakfast strong from 2004-2006, and her co-leadership from 2002 to 2003; France Belanger and Nancy Shaw, for their work as past organizers of the ICIS Women’s Breakfast (1999 to 2000); Florence "Foxie" Mason and Kate Kaiser, for their early efforts in organizing the ICIS Women’s Breakfast from 1980 to 1998; Milena Head, for serving as a past organizer (2007-2009) of the ICIS Women’s Breakfast; and finally, to all those serving on the AISWN Advisory Board, but not mentioned above, Jane Fedorowicz, Helmut Krcmar, Diane Strong, Jason Thatcher, and Doug Vogel.  

The College has grown and flourished under the superb leadership of Deb Armstrong and Annemieke Craig, who have just completed their term as co-chairs. I look forward to the new things to come under the direction of Dawn Owens and Gondy Leroy, a truly energetic and brilliant pair!  

Best Wishes  

Eleanor Loiacono & AISWN Chairs 


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