Girls in Tech
Organization focused on empowering women of all ages in the tech industry returns to Capital region
Tysons Corner, March 26, 2019 — Girls in Tech, an organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and education of women in technology, is relaunching its Washington, D.C. chapter under the guidance of newly appointed Managing Director Baan Alsinawi, who is also the president and founder of integrated risk management firm TalaTek.
The new Girls in Tech (GIT) chapter will cover the Virginia-D.C.-Maryland area and joins other U.S. chapters in major cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle and global chapters in London, Paris and Sydney.
The newly relaunched D.C. chapter will join GIT’s global community that was established in 2007 and is comprised today of 43 chapters with more than 60,000 members in 32 countries across six continents. The mission of GIT D.C. is to empower women in tech to achieve their dreams in work and in life through the creation of innovative programming, strategic local partnerships, mentorship, recruitment and education.
“The relaunch of the Washington, D.C. chapter is a significant step forward for Capital women in the tech industry,” said Baan Alsinawi, managing director for Girls in Tech, Washington, D.C. chapter. “The chapter will help foster a spirit of community and support for women of all ages in tech, where the goal is to learn from each other. We will provide access to new connections and opportunities to enable members to achieve a better balance in life and to gain more fulfillment from the many roles that women play.”
The chapter will host a kick-off event on March 28 at Tower Club with subsequent bimonthly events planned for rotating locations and dates throughout 2019. At the sold-out affair, the chapter will feature a panel of local leading ladies in tech, who will discuss their educational and career paths, including:
- Melissa Chadwick, vice president of content for PR tech agency Merritt Group,
- Frances Craig, CEO and founder of software development firm Unanet,
- Lynette Owens, founder and global director of Internet Security for Kids & Families for IT security company TrendMicro, and
- Luisa Sucre, associate at D.C.-based venture capital firm Revolution.
According to a recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset, Washington, D.C. is the No. 1 city in America for women in tech stating the “US capital remains in the No.1 spot for the fifth year in a row, with women filling 38.9 percent of the city’s tech jobs, compared to the national average of 25 percent.
“Women provide crucial leadership, skills and talents to the tech industry,” added Alsinawi. “It is a well-known fact the tech industry is predominantly male, yet it has been proven some of the most successful companies are run by females. Diverse cultures embracing females can provide a fresh, balanced perspective to organizations and provide better problem-solving capabilities.”
About Girls In Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.
Created in February 2007, Girls in Tech was founded by Adriana Gascoigne, and was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology and entrepreneurship. Girls in Tech is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has multiple chapters around the world, including North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Girls in Tech offers a variety of initiatives for women and girls to enhance their professional aspirations. Our programs include Catalyst Conference, Lady Pitch Night Competitions, GIT M (Mentorship Program), GIT Hackathons, Bootcamps, Global Classroom, and many more.
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