Girls in Tech, Washington, D.C. is sponsoring its first speed networking event from 5 to 7 pm ET on Sept. 24 at Mindspace, 1301 K Street NW.  The event is geared to supporting and uplifting women in their careers by helping them to make new connections and share their experiences.

Come out and meet fellow tech professionals, while enjoying drinks and appetizers in a casual, fun environment. Led by Baan Alsinawi, managing director of Girls in Tech DC, the local GIT Team will talk about becoming a member of GIT DC and also its new mentorship program under the direction of Board member Christine Rance.

Christine will introduce the chapter’s new Mentorship Program and will recruit women to support college and young professional women in all areas of technology careers as a mentor – a component critical for success in seeking new positions and roles of increasing responsibilities.

According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, “Because women seeking positions of executive leadership often face cultural and political hurdles that men typically do not, they benefit from an inner circle of close female contacts that can share private information about things like an organization’s attitudes toward female leaders, which helps strengthen women’s job search, interviewing, and negotiation strategies.”

The article goes on to say: “Women who were in the top quartile of centrality and had a female-dominated inner circle of 1 to 3 women landed leadership positions that were 2.5 times higher in authority and pay than those of their female peers lacking this combination.”

“Women don’t often put networking high on their lists, but we know from experience and research, that this is a critical component of advancing in the workplace and gaining greater fulfillment on the job,” said Baan Alsinawi. “So please come out and jump start your skills and connections at our next Girls in Tech DC get together and feel free to bring a colleague or friend with you while enjoying drinks and appetizers.”

To sign up for the event, please go to Eventbrite. Tickets are $10 and GIT members can bring a friend for free. For updates on the event, please follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIN.

To learn more about the Washington, D.C. chapter and how to become a member, visit https://dc.girlsintech.org/.

We look forward to seeing you there!