October 2021

IUWIT Insights

Published on October 18, 2021
Welcome to IUWIT Insights, where you’ll find insights about the latest and greatest events, interviews, and stories involving women in tech across IU’s 8 campuses and beyond. This newsletter is distributed by IU Women in Technology (IUWIT), the staff affiliate of the IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any

Alice Walker, American novelist and writer

Events & Opportunities for IU Staff

Managing performance using regular feedback

Monday, October 27, 2021 1 – 3pm EST

The IT Leadership Community (ITLC) invites you to join their next session, led by Tiffany Lemons, senior organization development consultant at IU HR, to learn how to give effective performance feedback. We will discuss how to structure performance feedback meetings and how the Performance at IU tools can help you give constructive feedback.

To prepare for this session, please review this IU HR web page: Performance at IU, particularly the Performance at IU Tool Usage chart. You can also review this 30 minute recording about the Performance at IU program and this 1hr 15min LinkedIn Learning course, Using Feedback to Drive Performance.

Bring your answers to these questions:

How do you assess performance? How and when do you give performance feedback? What techniques would you use to give feedback in a structured meeting?

For more information about this event, contact Madeleine Gonin.

Connect via Zoom

Virtual Speed Networking with IUWIT

Wednesday, October 29, 2021 11am – 1pm EST

Connect with other staff, in small groups, to grow your professional network!

In today’s difficult job market, networking is more important than ever. Come learn and practice the essential art of building a powerful network with other women and allies in tech within the IU network.

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Candid Virtual Conversations for Caregivers with IUWIT

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 1 – 1:45pm EST

Candid conversation around navigating the challenges that come with being a caregiver! Is being a staff member extra stressful these days? Do you need a break or a place to discuss your workload or your needs during this global pandemic? Or are you simply looking to connect with others, to network, ask questions, or discuss challenges?

Then join fellow staff members Kim and Melanie with the IU Women in Information Technology (IUWIT) for a Coffee Chat just for staff.

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Spotlight: Jenny Hertel

"Look at job postings like a wish list. When in doubt – just apply.”

Find out how Associate Director for the IU Center of Excellence for Women in Technology went from wanting to be a journalist to being the Center’s first full-time employee.

Read Jenny's Spotlight

Spotlight: Hannah Tun

“Know that you don’t know everything and that is okay. Things will work out. If you fall down, pick yourself back up and look straight towards your goal.”

Find out how the OmniSOC Lead Security Engineer, IUWIT Leadership Team member, and IU graduate overcame imposter syndrome and how she achieves a work-life balance.

Read Hannah's Spotlight


To make life easier – a compilation of IU resources
Work-Life Balance, Lifelong Learning, Parking Operations…and more. This is the know-it-all resource for all 10,000 IU staff and faculty.

Healthy IU
Indiana University recognizes the challenges of achieving a healthy integration of work roles and responsibilities with all aspects of life. Healthy IU Work + Life is designed to help all Indiana University employees lead productive, sustainable, and thriving professional and personal lives. This is achieved through providing assistance accessing benefits, educational tools, and outside resources that enhance the lives of IU faculty and staff.

COVID-19 Related Leaves
This page contains information about COVD-19 related leaves available to IU employees for certain COVID-19 related absences, including the Keep IU Healthy Leave (KIH) and the IU COVID-19 School and Child Care Leave (SCCL).