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History. Charlottesville Women in Tech (CWIT) began hosting monthly meetups for local women involved and interested in technology in June 2014. In addition to dedicated time to network and socialize, each meetup features a program on a technology- or career-focused topic. CWIT has drawn its speakers and panelists from the wide range of local talent; meetup topics have ranged widely, including tech areas such as open source software, the Internet of Things, security, and app design, as well as career topics such as salary negotiation, management in tech companies, and unconscious bias. These sponsored events are free and open to all the women in our community. In September 2015, Charlottesville Women in Tech was granted 501c3 status and joined forces with Tech-Girls, a local volunteer-led organization empowering girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world.

Mission Statement. Charlottesville Women in Tech is an organization for emerging and established professionals that provides human connections and resources for women and girls interested in or associated with technology. Our vision is to bridge the gender gap in tech by providing a safe and welcoming environment for women and girls to connect, learn and collaborate in Charlottesville.

Stats. As of July 2017, CWIT had over 350 members and through Tech-Girls provided hands-on technology learning opportunities to 450 girls, ages elementary through high school.

Current Leadership Board
President: Eileen Krepkovich
Vice President: Jessica Otey
Secretary: Sara Bowman
Treasurer: Erin Miller
Member-at-Large: Elaine Cheng
Member-at-Large: Alexis Mason
Member-at-Large: Kim Wilkens

 

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