Cincy Women in Tech Summer Event
The Cincy Women in Tech’s (CWIT) Summer Event will take place on on Thursday, August 30th. In the run-up to the event, we caught up with Rita Stall, Leader of CWIT and Cincinnati Campus Director of Tech Elevator.
Rita, could you tell us a little about CWIT and its purpose?
The CWIT started back in October 2016 with the purpose of bringing women in tech together to learn together and support one another. We meet quarterly, and our members get free access to events and workshops, which feature influential speakers and content around technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
The technology gap continues to grow in the US, with an expected 1 million jobs opening in technology by 2020 and available positions growing at twice the national average vs other job sectors. In Cincinnati alone, 4500+ jobs were posted last year in technology. Yet the current stats for women aren’t particularly optimistic as women only make up 25-30% of the workforce. So, it’s our mission to connect amazing women and give them the resources and confidence they need to succeed. We believe that amazing things can happen when one woman helps another!
What has the response been like?
The response has been great. We now have 200+ members across start-ups, developers, designers, big companies, and service providers. We are still expanding, mostly through word of mouth. I believe our success is down to a great line-up of inspirational speakers which is bringing people back time and again.
What can attendees expect at the event on August 31st?
It’s going to be another awesome CWIT event! We will be taking a deeper look at the gender gap in our society and will be joined by two incredible speakers, Meghan Cummings of the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati and Shannon Lewandowski of Women in Digital Cincinnati Chapter.
The event will kick off at 8:30 and finish up at 10:00 am. It’s free and includes breakfast and light refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to network. Visit Eventbrite for further information and to register.
Do you have any words of wisdom for women in tech or those wanting to join the sector?
I would say don’t underestimate yourself. Seize opportunities to progress and be confident in your ability.
For women wanting to join the sector, I would say you can do it! It’s not rocket science. You just need critical thinking and logical skills and this is something women can absolutely do.
Thanks Rita for sharing with us!