Posted by Jamie Dalton on January 5, 2016 in Inside our Offices

This past year Ancestry employees launched an internal group, Ancestry Women in Technology (AWIT), which aims to promote our diverse culture where anybody can develop and thrive in a motivating and supportive environment. The AWIT group is focused on women but anyone is welcome to join us as we work to empower our employees. We provide tools, training and a community to help them reach career goals and drive their own success.  With events such as our brown bag sessions, community outreach, quarterly speaker series and semi-annual service projects, we’re working to create a global network for the Ancestry workforce.

At the start of this new year we’d like to highlight some of our favorite activities and gatherings from 2015. We look forward to another great year of professional development and service.

Community Outreach

AWIT put on several fantastic sessions at this year’s SheTech event. The purpose of this event is to gather high school level girls from all over the state to get them interested in STEM. We put on highly engaging sessions showing them several different career paths they can take within the world of STEM.

STEM MAster
Ancestry SheTech sessions

Speaker Session

We invited board member Janice Chaffin to speak on Career development. AWIT opened up the session to all Ancestry employees so we could learn more about how to find success in our individual career paths. Chaffin encouraged employees to stand up for their own careers and take control of our own work-life balance. She also cautioned us to avoid getting pulled into positions that aren’t the right fit, explaining that we should make intentional decisions about our career paths.

Speaker session with Janice Chaffin
Speaker session with Janice Chaffin

 Service Project

AWIT hosted the Days for Girls program right here in our Provo office and our turnout was astounding! Days for Girls helps support girls all over the world in their educational pursuits. We finished a total of 70 kits and helped get 300 more on their way.

Days for Girls service project
Days for Girls service project
Jamie Dalton

Jamie Dalton has a degree in Information Technology and has been with Ancestry since 2013. She is currently working as a Senior Program Manager in the Product Development, User Experience group. Prior to Ancestry, she worked at eBay for 12 years in roles ranging from building proactive risk management tools, to Trademark and Copyright protection, to Business Development. When Jamie is not working she enjoys local and international humanitarian work, traveling and doing anything outside. One of her ancestors was Anna Annabelle / Anna Wakeman, a person who, after all of these years, nobody can confirm which surname is really hers, thus, leading to two very different branches of the family tree.

1 Comment

  1. Julie Ann DeMano

    It has been exciting and a pleasure seeing the progress that Ancestry has made over the years I have been part of Ancestry. I have been very pleased to find two matches on my DNA confirming that my research has been right on line. I can now enjoy all the time, and effort put into it. While future DNA results will be more than welcome, I will receive them with a smile on my face! Thanks for all the hard work you have put into making all of this happen!

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