Denise Shortt
Partner, SWING

Denise is an internationally respected writer, researcher and speaker. She most recently contributed to a new book: You Can Do IT! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-up Girls (Chronicle Books, May 2005). She is also the co-author of two best-selling business books, Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape (HarperCollins, 2000) and Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park (Wiley & Sons, 2002). A former faculty member of Ryerson University (Toronto), Denise helped to launch the Diversity and IT Institute in the School of Information Technology Management (ITM) and conducted award-winning multidisciplinary research on gender and technology.

Denise has spent the last 15 years keeping professional track of women’s evolution as digital citizens and is a co-founder and former President of Wired Woman Toronto, a non-profit educational and networking organization. Denise has a M.Ed. in Technology from Harvard University and studied gender and technology at MIT. She currently sits on advisory boards for Women in Film and Television (WIFT), the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada (CHRC), and Advocates for Community-based Training and Education for Women (ACTEW). Denise also served on the Prime Minister’s Taskforce for Women Entrepreneurs and has been invited to represent Canada at many international forums including the Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta and Women in Business Trade Mission for the London High Commission, UK.