Charlottesville Women in Tech, Tech-Girls and Ting
Christine Ottoni • November 6, 2017
Advancing girls and women in STEM subjects and careers
There’s no shortage of interest among women and girls in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Yet women continue to be underrepresented in these fields and markets.
That’s the issue Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls seeks to address. Their vision is to bridge the gender gap in tech through educational programming, established networks and career resources. CWIT and Tech-Girls provide a and welcoming environment for girls and women in tech to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville.
About Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls
CWIT is an organization for emerging and established professionals that provides human connections and resources for women and girls interested in or associated with technology.
Established in 2014, CWIT currently hosts monthly meetings with speakers on tech topics and facilitates networking opportunities with local women.
Events are free and open to all women in the community. In 2015 Charlottesville Women in Tech joined forces with Tech-Girls, an organization that provides hands-on learning experiences and signature programming for girls and women to begin their journey in tech and stay in the career pipeline. The organization provides after-school and summer programming and learning opportunities to girls ages 11 to 14. CWIT also offers opportunities for high school aged students and women to gain the skills necessary to develop careers in tech.
Ting Internet is proudly partnering with CWIT and Tech-Girls. Ting will provide $10,000 in annual funding to support CWIT’s mission to address the underrepresentation of women STEM careers in the Charlottesville area. Sponsorship from Ting will assist CWIT in extending program capacity and reach as well as expand resources for women in technology. Programs include CWITâ€™s Tech-Girls events and the YES, We Tech Summit planned for fall 2018.
Sponsorship and community involvement are an important part of our mission at Ting. We partner with communities and cities to build, light and service fiber optic networks for a digital world. We don’t just bring fiber and all of its inherent benefits. Ting sponsors local programs, events, foundations, festivals, charities and public services everywhere we go, investing in the future of the towns we serve.
“As a tech company, in a growing tech community, we value the programming that Charlottesville Women in Tech provides to our local community,” said Drew Hurst, Ting Internet Marketing Manager. “CWIT provides hands-on learning opportunities to girls and provides training and fellowship for women breaking into or advancing in STEM field careers. CWIT has accomplished so much in the short time they have been established and we are confident that our sponsorship will allow them to increase their programming in the Charlottesville area.”
We’re thrilled to be partnered with Charlottesville Women in Tech and Tech-Girls and all the good work they do for the community. For more information or to get involved, visit the CWIT website and register to attend their next meeting.