By Jasmyne Curtis

A diverse group of technology professionals ranging from engineers, developers and coders came together to mingle and connect with like minds while enjoying appetizers and drinks at the Girls in Tech Washington, DC chapter’s very first speed networking event.

Women were given the opportunity to create new relationships and learn more about the mission, values, and goals of the Girls in Tech, DC chapter. Managing Director Baan Alsinawi led an open discussion explaining upcoming plans and ideas on how the organization looks forward to giving back to the community by educating women about various opportunities in technology. It was a very welcoming and casual environment making it easy for attendees to spark conversation and discover how everyone could add value to each other’s lives with their different skill sets.

There were several people in the room who were new to the DC metropolitan area after recently relocating from other major cities like Chicago, New Orleans and Baltimore to pursue their careers. This shows how much DC is expected to grow its technology sector. Case in point is Amazon, one of the many companies that is expanding in this area, and as a result, will bring thousands of new jobs for tech professionals.

With the tech industry growing so rapidly, I find it shocking that women still only make up a very small percentage of the workforce. Events and networking opportunities like this are vital to the advancement of women holding executive positions since it creates a platform for diverse perspectives while uplifting and empowering women to reach their goals.

For those thinking of joining, no worries if you aren’t technically a “technology professional”, it is also a great chance to connect with individuals who can help transform your dreams into reality, whether it’s bringing the next best app idea to life or analyzing data that will help entrepreneurs track their business growth.

Girls in Tech, DC chapter welcomes new members to help raise awareness about the limitless opportunities the technology sector provides and how working together can increase the number of women in a male-dominated industry. Please join us!