CUGC Women in Technology – A Mentee’s Perspective

by Rene Reighard, CTA

First, I would like to thank the female CTPs for their innovative idea to start the Women in Technology Mentorship Program. There have been several positive experiences for me in such a short time. I now also spend time teaming with another female Citrix admins to share the advice that Jo Harder, my mentor, has taught me. Good advice should always be shared, and mentoring can be infectious. It is fitting to post this thank you during the month that International Women’s Day is recognized. It has been encouraging to see large organizations over the last few years, like Citrix, participate and support diverse initiatives.

Jo Harder and I were able to get acquainted over emails during the last six months. Jo is full of positive energy and creative ideas. She has been a pick-me-up during an ugly winter in the Northwest to refocus on my professional goals. Her expertise in writing and our common technology background makes for an easy conversation, which is rare in my world of information technology. Her time has been much appreciated!

In addition to Jo’s infinite wisdom, the CUGC Women in Technology Mentorship Program has also been able to offer benefits to events and memberships. A membership to has given me a variety of courses in multiple disciplines right at my fingertips. The range of courses is vast, varying from Professional Development, IT Operations, and Creative Technical Design to Certifications. They even offer mentoring!

Thanks again to Jo Harder for her time, to the CTPs for their commitment to enriching a product to which I have professionally dedicated my career, to for their membership, and CUGC for bringing all of this together!

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