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Women In Technology

Supporting and Empowering Women and Girls in STEAM from the Classroom to the Boardroom

aka Women In Technology   |   Marietta, GA   |  www.mywit.org

Mission

Women in Technology (WIT) is a nonprofit in Atlanta, Georgia founded in 1992 which supports and empowers girls and women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT today has over 18,000 members in Georgia, 200 volunteers and our WIT pathway journey begins with girls and women in middle, high school and college participating in our WIT Girls and WIT Campus education and mentoring programs. We continue support through our WIT YoPros (young professionals) to our WIT Careers and our WIT Entrepreneurs Program. We have grown our impact to serve disadvantaged single mothers (earning less than $30,000 annually) through our WIT Single Mothers Education Program with Supportive Services.

Ruling year info

2006

President and CEO

Penny Collins

Main address

1750 Powder Springs Rd #256

Marietta, GA 30064 USA

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EIN

31-1839582

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Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Our programs

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WIT Girls

WIT Girls: The statistics are alarming according to the National Science Foundation. America lags behind other nations in the number of students majoring in science and engineering at colleges and universities. To improve the statistic, WIT Girls collaborates with the Georgia business community to support and inspire girls in middle and high school to break through barriers and advance opportunities in the STEAM field by providing them hands-on experience and educational workshops that ignite an early interest in careers in STEAM. Female students benefit from WIT Girls’ main programs: Career Exploration workshops, Immersion Experience and the Job Shadow Program. By collaborating with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Fiserv, T-Mobile, Cox Automotive, Georgia Pacific, State Farm, Turner, SunTrust, IBM and others, and with educational/nonprofit organizations such as Ron Clark Academy, Georgia FIRST robotics, Junior Achievement, Greater Atlanta area schools and more, we are able to offer these events at no charge to the students along with college scholarship opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young girls
Adolescent girls

WIT Campus: WIT provides college women opportunities to explore and experience careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) fields. We do this by building strong partnerships among students, colleges, and companies which allow us to provide relevant educational programs, internships, and scholarships possibilities for these college women. With WIT Campus, college women enjoy dynamic opportunities to explore, engage in and experience the array of career options available following graduation. Participants have the chance to network with executive women in technology and be mentored in business leadership. They also benefit from WIT Campus programs and gain access to scholarship opportunities. All of the programming is at no charge and is designed to support female students as they move toward a successful future in STEAM. WIT Campus programs address mentorship, personal brand development, job negotiations and developing leadership skills-all directed by senior executive women from some of the top companies in Georgia.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young women

WIT YoPros: The WIT YoPros Program provide young professional women ages 20-29 with

professional guidance and mentorship as they transition from student to professional. WIT does this by connecting young women with experienced professionals who provide guidance, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Participants gain leadership and technical skills in a supportive social environment. Through networking, personal and professional development and opportunities for volunteering, the WIT YoPros Program benefits all young women looking to reach their full potential. WIT empowers young professionals to find their path to success in their careers.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

WIT Careers: Today’s career women aspire to be enriched through training and networking opportunities. WIT Careers encourages dynamic personal and career growth for women in technology through a series of one-of-a-kind training opportunities in a community with other professional women. Our training offers connect the dots between all the skills women need to achieve career growth. From technology bootcamps and fundamentals training to career coaching and digital courses that guide in pinpointing purpose and charting the path to the next level. Our career coaching and digital courses are powered by Thrive-Her, a coaching and training organization for ambitious women who want to create a meaningful career they love. Current offers include:
Pinpoint Your Purpose, a 3-week digital course designed to help women gain the clarity and certainty they need to live a purpose-filled life and The Next Level, an 8-week group coaching program supported by a digital course that helps women confidently chart their course to the next level of their career. Training is key to getting more women in leadership roles.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women

WIT Entrepreneurs: Women in Technology (WIT) Entrepreneurs supports women led startups in Georgia by connecting them with the right resources at the right time, including corporate pitch sessions, mentorship, and educational events & resources within the WIT Community and within the Atlanta Startup Ecosystem.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: WIT Single Mothers Education Program With Supportive Services

The statistics are alarming of those born in poverty in Atlanta having little or no chance of rising out of poverty. For this reason, we offer the WIT Single Mothers Education Program With Supportive Services focused on Cyber Security Certificate training at Emory University. Cyber security is one of the fastest growing fields in technology with an astounding workforce gap and shortage of talent. WIT has and is raising funds to offer this educational opportunity with supportive services for 40 disadvantaged single mothers (currently earning 0-30% of AMI). The supportive services help to remove barriers and the participants upon graduation already have jobs waiting for them with a starting annual salary of $50,000 each. The supportive services and partners are: education by Emory University; childcare by Sheltering Arms; transportation by Uber (with the help of the Atlanta Regional Commission); meals during class provided by the Rollins Foundation; laptops provided and given to participants by RNDC; financial and nutritional coaching by Warrick Dunn Charities; pathway and skills coaching by WrightNow Solutions; and job placement by HUNTER Technical. The difference with this program versus other training courses, the participants WILL be hired after completing the 12-week course and funding and program partners are invited to be involved (optional opportunity) in the choosing of the candidates. We together with funding and program partners also work (optional opportunity) together to find solutions for any barriers so that metrics of success may be achieved for participants (from education to acquiring jobs in just 12-weeks) changing their lives and the lives of their children. WIT is relying on its funding partners to help fund this program so there are no costs to the disadvantaged single mothers participating in the program. The impact of this program is $2,000,000 (40 participants earning $50K annually to start after completing the 12-week program).

Population(s) Served
Women
Adults
Single parents

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The statistics are alarming—according to the National Science Foundation, America lags behind other nations in the number of students majoring in science and engineering at colleges and universities. Research shows that in 2015 just 25% of computing jobs in the U.S. were held by women, down from 35% in 1990. During the same period, the number of women earning engineering degrees also declined.

With your help, Women in Technology (WIT) is changing these statistics. From the classroom to the boardroom, WIT supports, inspires and challenges women so they are prepared to fill half of Georgia's new STEAM jobs.

WIT Girls and Campus collaborates with the Georgia business community to support and inspire girls in middle and high school to break through barriers and advance opportunities in STEAM fields. With the help of our partners and sponsors WIT provide scholarships to girls and women to continue their education as they pursue STEAM. This takes place in a wide variety of formats—from educating middle and high school girls about the opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), to providing networking and education for professionals. We host programs such as: Immersion Experiences, workshops that prepare students for the workforce and giving them a behind-the-scenes look at all of our partners within the business and technology community. Finally, we host forums that discuss trending industry topics within business and technology. This allows our professionals to network with other like-minded individuals within one setting and discuss ways we can improve and develop business acumen. With over 2,500 professionals attending our programs and events, over 1,300 students, and over 250 volunteers, WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region.

WIT partners with Atlanta's business and technology community. Our partners sponsor opportunities for our WIT Girls and WIT Campus students for mentoring, volunteering and education. They provide new and innovative activities for girls and women to learn more about STEAM career paths. Also, our volunteers and professionals donate their time and resources to help develop streamlined programs to actively engage girls and women to become involved in STEAM.

In 2017 WIT has received a $100,000 grant from NCR Corporation that allows WIT to impact the community. This initiative helps take girls out of their zip codes and exposes them to opportunities they would not have access to. Through hands-on activities, girls are introduced to technical and creative roles that speak to their interests. With the support of our dedicated partner sponsors WIT has managed to provide our WIT Girls and WIT Campus participants with $97,000 in scholarships, provide over 20 pain internships and delver new talent to Atlanta's thriving technology and business industry.

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Women In Technology

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patricia Dismukes

Patti Dismukes Solutions

Term: 2022 - 2021

Tracy Aldworth

RNDC

Andra Milender

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Amy Vasquez

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Tracy Garner

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Eileen Rumfelt

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Mary Carol Alexander

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Marva Bailer

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Marcia Calleja-Matsko

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Emily Clay

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Dani Cushion

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Holly Ma

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Cecilia Mao

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Monika Mueller

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Christina Setzer-Poole

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Kanyatta Walker

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/19/2022

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Leadership

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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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