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ITS alumna JJ DiGeronimo emphasizes the importance of women in STEM careers on Oct. 4

Julia Brown | Sep 27, 2017

J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems alumna JJ DiGeronimo will present “Women in STEM – Strategies to Pace Your Professional Path” on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in Schoonover 450.

ITS alumna JJ DiGeronimo emphasizes the importance of women in STEM careers on Oct. 4

By Julia Brown

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2017)—Like many young students who are picking a major, Ohio University alumna JJ DiGeronimo, BSC ’95, wanted to study something that was going to get her hired. So, she decided to study what was then called communication systems management in the J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems.

The school’s reputation for a high job placement rate followed through, as DiGeronimo had a job in her field at a Big Six consulting firm before the holiday season of her senior year. She credits much of her success to Scripps College of Communication and its professors and courses, and their dedication to preparing students for the real world.

“Scripps did a great job lining up internships for its students,” she said. “They really prepared us for interviewing and getting jobs in the real world.”

DiGeronimo has taken after her Scripps mentors and now works to empower women who want to work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs. She explained that while women in other professions make about 70 cents for every dollar that men make, women in STEM professions make about 92 cents for every dollar.

“The market is ripe for women working in technology. There is a wealth of opportunity for them,” DiGeronimo said.

She emphasized that there are many different fields and dimensions to STEM work, so there’s a place for everyone, but women have to know how to position themselves in order to get those jobs.

“Women and men approach careers differently,” she said. “Men tend to be more direct and metric based [on resumes], and women tend to generalize.”

The object of DiGeronimo’s work through her Tech Savvy Women company is to promote specific strategies women can use to land a STEM job. She stressed that she is honored to share her expertise with other women because she can “impact women in every aspect of their career.”

“We work to help align women with career catalysts,” DiGeronimo said. “We want to align, define and advance them in their careers.”

In the dedication of her most recent book, DiGeronimo encourages young women interested in STEM to pursue their goals, writing “Keep pushing forward, even if you’re the only girl in the class.”

She will be sharing her knowledge with Ohio University students in her talk titled “Women in STEM – Strategies to Pace Your Professional Path” on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in Schoonover 450. The first 60 attendees will receive a free copy of her award-winning book, “Accelerate Your Impact: Action-Based Strategies to Pace Your Professional Path.”

For more information about JJ DiGeronimo or her work with Tech Savvy Women, please visit her website.