Empowering Women in ICT workshop

ICT Virtual Workshop

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – The U.S. Embassy hosted its first ever virtual workshop for 13 aspiring and established professional women in the information communication technology (ICT) space. The four-day virtual ‘Empowering Women in ICT’ workshop began on September 27-30, 2021, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby. The workshop is in line with the U.S. Embassy’s mission goal priorities in terms of overall economic prosperity for all through its women empowerment initiatives, with funding from the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB)– through their Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER) – program.

The Embassy’s long-standing partnership with ExxonMobil PNG made it possible for these women in ICT to share and network their diverse experiences in the field of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The workshop was facilitated by Deena White Tearney, founder and CEO for Pacific Point, a Salesforce Consulting Partner based in Hawaii with locations in Denver, Sydney, and Singapore.

Pacific Point successfully implements valuable solutions
on the Salesforce platform for clients across a wide range of industries from large enterprises, small to medium business, not for profit organizations and public sector government.

The workshop had participants from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island and Vanuatu, specifically ambitious women who have turned into ICT entrepreneurs. Participants of the workshop have used ICT as a tool for their start up business and non-profit organizations to interact, explore challenges and best practice for growth, create networks, market opportunities and establish partnerships.

Vanuatu participant, Irene Irek expressed gratitude for such a workshop. “I am so glad to have participated in this workshop, I learnt useful ICT tools that I will be using in my businesses back in Vanuatu,” said Irene. The workshop has created meaningful networks for prospects within and beyond the ICT boundaries, with each dynamic participant determined to grow their business further.