Last week at the MLK Library off of the Chinatown Gallery Place metro stop, Girls in Tech DC officially launched their non-profit chapter with their first event that included networking and a panel.
The topic of the evening was “Women Leading in Technology” and panelists included:
Catherine Harris, Vice President of Retail Channel Technology at Capital One
Stephanie Gorman, Director of Public Sector Services at Microsoft
Mischel Kwon, Former US-CERT Director and Founder and President of Mischel Kwon & Associates
Kimberly Worthy, 2009 DC Teacher of the Year and ANC Commissioner
Julia Klein, Founder and Co-CEO of CareerPeer
The panel was moderated Tam Harbert, award-winning journalist whose publications include Computerworld and IEEE Spectrum magazine.
This group of inspiring industry leaders discussed their experiences as women leaders in technology and provided career insights and guidance. They answered thought provoking questions about encouraging diversity, their educational backgrounds, their most pivotal career moments and whether they would change anything on their journey.
We had a full house at the launch and saw individuals of diverse backgrounds gather to support the empowerment of women in tech. During the networking portion, many chatted over drinks and pizza, which was sponsored by &pizza.
Over 100 individuals were in attendance coming from all over the D.C. Maryland and Virginia region. Approximately 13% of our attendees were men. A big thank you to our male advocates! There were audience member with careers from EMC, IBM, Capital One, Microsoft, Accenture, General Assembly, Freddie Mac, startup companies and more! We had attendees who were CEOs, CTOs, Directors, VPs, Consultants, Technology Specialists and more as well.
We also had various local nonprofits come out to support our event, encouraging the sister and brother communities to come together and highlight each other’s mission and activities. Nonprofits who joined us were Girls in Technology from Women in Technology, DC Fem Tech, DC Tech Meetup, Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, Hear me Code, Startup Leadership Program, and Black Girls Code.
A big thank you to &pizza for providing us with bites for the night! And thank you to everyone who joined us for our after event fundraiser at La Tasca to help raise money! We were also joined by Leo Sinclair Photography, who provided professional headshots to the attendees.
You can access his album here https://lsinclairevents.smugmug.com/Girls-In-Tech-DC-Launch/
Album password access will be provided via email to everyone who registered at our event. Look out for the information in your inbox! If you didn’t get a chance to register, please do so here http://dc.girlsintech.org/join/ (membership is free).
Once again thank you everyone for coming out for our first event and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces at our future events!
Photos were taken by Leo Sinclair.