Press release

SHI Sponsors Microsoft DigiGirlz Event Promoting Diversity in Tech

Sponsored by Businesswire

, one of North America’s top 10 largest IT solutions
providers, is sponsoring Microsoft’s DigiGirlz
event in Iselin, New Jersey, on May 14. More than 40 eighth and
ninth-grade girls have registered to attend the event, which will allow
them to interact with Microsoft employees and managers to explore
careers in technology.

Microsoft will hold 56 one-day DigiGirlz events around the world in
2019. Each event provides girls with career planning assistance,
information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking
exercises, and Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the
Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can learn about the variety of
opportunities available in the high-tech industry and consider their
future career paths.

“When I was planning the DigiGirlz NJ event, I knew immediately that I
wanted SHI— America’s largest Minority and Woman-Owned Business
Enterprise (MWBE)—to be involved,” said LJ Marinello, Director, Partner
Technology Manager for One Commercial Partner (OCP) at Microsoft. “SHI
is not only a great example of diversity and inclusion, but illustrates
through its Microsoft partnership via OCP that there are countless
opportunities for women in technology and business, from developers to
people managers to business leaders.”

The Iselin event will feature an opening keynote by Marinello, a career
panel featuring representatives from Microsoft and the New Jersey
Chapter of Women in Technology, and three sessions throughout the day:

  • “Fun with Faces” Coding Lab: In this hands-on coding lab, girls
    will learn how to develop a simple app to analyze a photo using
    machine learning.
  • “Mixed Reality: Hololens Workshop”: Attendees will learn how we
    can use mixed reality every day to enhance our lives, and will
    experience mixed-reality first hand using Microsoft’s own mixed
    reality device, the Hololens.
  • “Uncovering Your Superpower”: During this session, attendees
    will craft a 30-second elevator pitch that highlights their interests,
    strengths, and passions. After crafting the pitches, the groups will
    play a speed networking game to practice their introductions and get
    to know one another better.

“SHI has always been committed to diversity in technology, and
Microsoft’s DigiGirlz events are one way we’re bringing that commitment
to life,” said Jacquie Goldstein, Director, Software Partners at SHI
International. “By giving girls in our community the chance to interact
with and learn from Microsoft executives, they can better imagine
themselves in those roles. By giving them hands-on experience in
everything from coding to networking, we can inspire them to consider a
wide variety of careers shaping the future of technology.”

“At St. John Vianney School, we pride ourselves on providing access to
the latest technology for our students, faculty, and parents,” said
Sister Eileen Jude, Principal at St. John Vianney School. “Programs like
Microsoft DigiGirlz afford our students access to state-of-the-art
technology, as well exposure to the many careers available in the tech
industry. Special thanks to Microsoft and SHI for fostering a community
focused on diversity in the workplace and allowing our young women an
opportunity to explore these exciting technologies!”

For more information on SHI, please visit


Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $10 billion global
provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry’s
most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume
licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT
services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate,
Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 4,000
employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned
Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 8th among CRN’s
Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers. For
more information, visit

Press Resources

SHI Corporate Website:
Twitter Handle: @SHI_Intl