OMES employees attend women in technology event
By Christa Helfrey
Oklahoma Innovative Technology Alliance partnered with Oklahoma Women in Technology last month to host a panel of female Oklahoma legislators on Sept. 10 at the State Capitol. The purpose of the Coffee and Conversation event was to encourage, promote and foster a network of women in government and technology, both fields with a historically male-dominated workforce.
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services was represented by 16 women from our Information Services team, who heard from the panel about their experiences and gender-based challenges along the path to state leadership.
“This event provided a fantastic opportunity to network with other technology leaders and learn more about diversity and female leadership in Oklahoma legislation,” said Amy Spehar, Information Services content coordinator supervisor. “I plan to attend more events in the future.”
At OMES, women make up 31% of the Information Services workforce. September’s event was an opportunity to bridge gaps and connect female technology leaders under one roof. In addition to supporting female representation, the panel highlighted opportunities for mentorship, a career resource that can be harder to come by in fields where men are the majority.
“Attending this event empowered me and enhanced my feeling of belonging within my role at the State of Oklahoma and as the president of my own nonprofit,” said Amia Martin, Information Services business analyst. “I had never had the opportunity to join such an event before. It was reassuring to be able to see other leaders doing some of the exact things you’re striving for. I was able to learn a ton of new skills, hear from women already on the path that I’m heading down and witness their passion.”
OMES leadership encourages attending events like this to help our workforce develop and grow as leaders who can positively impact their communities and our state.
“OMES provides diverse services to those who serve Oklahomans,” said OMES Deputy Director Dana Webb. “We accomplish that best when we empower diverse ideas and achieve effective solutions for our citizens.”