Think IT Association Announces New Women in Leadership Professional Development Group

New group provides networking and peer-to-peer collaboration opportunities for female leaders throughout the Twin Cities

Online PR News – 20-November-2013 – Minneapolis, MN – Think IT Association has created a new professional development group for women in leadership roles. The group is currently designed for women in director-level and above positions within the information technology sphere.

Monthly roundtable group meetings are held in-person and each meeting is facilitated (not presented) by a current group member who chooses the discussion topic. The group has held four meetings thus far and topics have included, “Building Trusted Relationships”, “What Makes an Effective and Engaging Female Leader?”, “Gender Discrimination: Fact or Fiction?”, and “Supporting New Technology”.

Richard Walker, chairman of Think IT, sought the feedback of current female members when creating the group. Walker said, “I knew this community was important to create for our female members as they are sometimes underrepresented at our meetings and especially within the IT industry. However, I thought it was best to seek out their guidance when designing the group.”

With that feedback and the continued guidance of three Women in Leadership group members as co-chairs, Think IT created a group best designed to support and empower women in leadership roles. Walker added, “We hope for this group to not only create a forum for female leaders, but also encourage them to participate in our other groups on a regular basis.”

The group’s next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 21st on the topic “Aligning IT Strategy to the Business Strategy” and Ranell Hamm, CIO of Patterson Companies, will facilitate the discussion. For more information on Think IT and the Women in Leadership group, please visit for more information.

About Think IT Association

The overall mission of Think IT is to foster professional growth and development through the power of networking and collaboration. The association currently has 8 groups with over 1,500 members within the Twin Cities community. Each group meets on a monthly or bi-monthly basis in an informal, roundtable format with a different leader from the group facilitating each session. Along with the monthly meetings, Think IT also hosts quarterly events with a guest speaker to present on a hot topic. For more information, please visit