Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) has announced their Board of Directors for their 2019-2020 season. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on collaborating with the community of Northeast Wisconsin to help encourage girls and retain women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches over 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin, has impacted more than 11,000 students.
At the 2019 Annual Meeting, WIT President Adrienne Hartman announced to attendees the fourth season was focused on sustainable growth. She shared data from Wisconsin and around the country which showed there is a significant gap in the number of young women pursuing technology careers and technology leadership positions.
Hartman said, "We're working in collaboration with our generous sponsors and partners to change this -- to inspire girls to explore technology, to help college students see their potential, and to give professional technologists a safe and nurturing environment for continuing education and networking."
An image of the new 2019-2020 board is here: WIT board image annual mtg.PNG
Past President - Michelle Schuler, Manager of TechSpark Wisconsin, Microsoft Corporation
President – Adrienne Hartman, Director of E-Commerce & Inbound Sales, J. J. Keller & Associates
President Elect – Sara Bernard, Manager IT Governance, Oshkosh Corporation
Treasurer – Mary Genrich, Director of Digital Workspace Services, Kimberly Clark Corporation
Secretary – Diane Doersch, Chief Technology Officer, Green Bay Area Public School District
Membership Chair – Trish Curry, Software Developer, J. J. Keller & Associates
Marketing Chair – Lindsay LaCourse, Digital Marketing Manager, Schneider
WIT@Work Chair – Vicki Leinbach, Chief Information Officer, Ariens Co.
WIT4Girls Chair – Kim Cannon, Engineering Manager, Plexus Corporation
WITonCampus Chair – Steph Van Handel, ETL Developer, Thrivent Financial
Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) has announced their Board of Directors for their 2018-2019 season. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on collaborating with the community of Northeast Wisconsin to help encourage girls and retain women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches over 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and has impacted over 11,000 students.
Programs & Events Chair – Katie Labedz, Director of Continuous Improvement, Plexus
Marketing Chair – Danica Killam, Manager Software Engineering, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group
WITonCampus Chair – Monika Heninger, Continuous Delivery Engineer, Thrivent Financial
WIT4Girls Chair – Kim Iversen, Director, NEW IT Alliance
Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) has announced the winners of their Impact Awards for their 2017-2018 season. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on collaborating with the community of Northeast Wisconsin to help encourage girls and retain women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches over 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and has impacted over 11,000 students.
Impact Award recognizes WIT Member role models who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents, and dedication.
Impact Award Winners:
Involvement in WIT4Girls, Girls Who Code, TEALS:
Erin Draheim, Skyline Technologies
Trish Curry, J. J. Keller & Associates
Kathleen Stephany, Oshkosh Public School District
Nicolette Spear, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group
Mackenzie Grondahl, TEALS
Involvement in WITOnCampus, Professional Connection, Intern
Rachel Rosenberg, Pieper Power
Sallie Pettie, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Crystarra Batten, Social Media Consulting
Involvement in WIT@Work
Nicole Cyphers, Skyline Technologies
Nicole Wilson, iGen Fuels
Elaine Stephens, Breakthrough Fuels
Vicki Leinbach, Ariens Company
Two local software developers involved with Women in Technology Wisconsin are taking leadership roles in the local Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) movement. Erin Draheim, Skyline Technologies, and Nicolette Spear, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, have applied and have been accepted to bring technology education to New London and Hortonville schools.
TEALS, a program created by Microsoft, helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through partnerships between classroom teachers and tech industry volunteers. They work as a team to deliver CS education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn CS in their school. TEALS has two standard course offerings: Introduction to Computer Science and AP Computer Science A (AP CS A).
Currently, there are 9 schools in Northeast Wisconsin participating in the TEALS program: Appleton West, Appleton East, Appleton North, Kimberly, New London, Green Bay Preble, Pulaski, Denmark and Hortonville. Draheim will be volunteering at Hortonville High School teaching the AP Computer Science class. Spears will be volunteering at New London Middle School teaching the Introduction to Computer Science. Each participating school requires three volunteers with a background in computer science.
TEALS is leading the charge of closing the computer science gap. In the U.S., there will be 1.4 million CS-related jobs by 2020, yet U.S. college graduates are expected to fill less than a third of those jobs.
Draheim states, “By increasing access for youth in Northeast Wisconsin to experience computer science, we will give them the opportunity to become creators of technology and the world’s future innovators.”
About TEALS: TEALS was started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, who developed and ran the program in his spare time, and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. Since its founding, TEALS has helped over 6,000 students and hundreds of teachers succeed in AP CS A. In 2015, per end-of-class surveys, 95% of students saw improvement in their programming skills, 87% of students mentioned the volunteers were helpful in learning computer science, and students averaged scores 1 standard deviation above the national average. In 2016, more than 57,000 students took the AP CS A exam and only 10 students earned a perfect score. One of those perfect scores was earned by a TEALS student.
Resources: Becoming a TEALS Volunteer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNyjBvjbXP0
Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) has announced the winners of two newly created awards: President’s Award, and Impact Awards for their 2017-2018 season. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on advancing women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches over 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and has impacted over 4500 students.
President’s Award recognizes WIT Members for Outstanding Community Leadership in Northeast Wisconsin.
The President’s Award Winners
Erin Draheim, Sr. Software Engineer, Skyline Technologies
Erin is a founding board member. We have talked to her numerous times about being on the board, but she said all that strategy stuff is not for her. She would rather just help. Well, she does more than just help. She is a driving force of WIT4Girls, helping develope the WIT4Girls lesson plans.. She has taught Girls Who Code Club at Hortonville School District for 2 years. She has reached over 35 girls with this program. She teaches at the FVTC Girls Camp and active in various regional Career Fairs promoting girls in technology. She is a great role model for girls that are interested in learning technology. Skyline Technologies recognized her for her involvement with WIT Wisconsin.
Kim Iversen, Director, NEW IT Alliance
Kim found her passion early on as she committed to being the Co-Chair for WIT4Girls. As a mother of girls, she quickly found that her true mission was to encourage girls to discover technology. She followed her passion and became the Director of the newly formed NEW IT Alliance in Northeast Wisconsin. She is currently leading many technology efforts in our region. Here leadership is being recognized by the top leaders in the state.
Prachi Khare, Student, Fox Valley Technical College
She is a great role model for students. She has been at various WIT Events always willing to participate and meet professional women. She also participated in JJ Kellers Give Camp. She is an active member of the WITonCampus Professional Connection. Her willingness to learn from others and meet professionals from various companies is amazing.
Impact Award recognizes WIT Members as Outstanding Community Volunteers. These members have volunteered over 40 hours.
Impact Award Winners
Amy Roffers, Client Systems Analyst, US Venture Inc.
Erin Draheim, Sr. Software Developer, Skyline Technologies
Kathi Bellotti, Sr. Information Security Analyst, US Venture Inc.
Kim Iversen, Director, NEW IT Alliance
Patricia Curry, Software Developer, Concurrency
Rachel Rosenberg, Office Coordinator, Pieper Electric Inc.
Vicki Leinbach, Chief Information Officer, Ariens Company
Women in Technology Wisconsin (WIT) has announced their Board of Directors for their 2017-2018 season. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, focuses on advancing women in technology careers. Their involvement reaches over 16 counties in Northeast Wisconsin and has impacted over 4500 students.
President – Michelle Schuler, Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft Corporation
President Elect – Adrienne Hartman, Director of E-Commerce & Inbound Sales, J. J. Keller & Associates
Treasurer – Mary Genrich, Sr. Manager - Midrange Services, Kimberly Clark Corporation
Programs Chair – Sara Bernard, Lead IT Business Analyst, Oshkosh Corporation
Marketing Chair – Danica Killam, Manager Application Services, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Membership Chair – Jes Borland, SQL Server Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
WIT@Work Chair – Briana Rygg, Director IT, Ascension Information Services
WITonCampus Chair – Monika Heninger, Continuous Automation Tools Engineer, Thrivent Financial
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