Communications company AT&T is doing its part to bring more young women into the IT fold with Camp Infinity, a summer program devoted to promoting technology as a career. The firm formerly known as Ma Bell will host approximately 80 Chicago-area girls between the ages of 15 and 17 during two weeklong sessions at the end of this month and the beginning of August.
Camp Infinity, which is in its fourth year, will be held at the campuses of Loyola University in downtown Chicago and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The program is free for all participants, but they have to be sponsored by local officials to be admitted. “They come together for a week, and as a team, build a personal Web site using open-source software,” said Jill Billhorn, vice president of AT&T’s sales center in Chicago. “In this team, everyone has a different place and has different expertise, although they don’t necessarily come with that. They work as a team to put this together in a culmination of presentations at the end of the week. It actually has an element of marketing in it—they’re actually putting together a Web site that they would use to market a product or service.”
The camp also will include visits from female IT leaders at top companies like Allstate, McDonald’s and Hyatt Hotels, who will serve as professional mentors. “We are bringing in several high-level female executives,” said Katie Hutchinson, director of public policy and public relations…
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