Charlotte WISE

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According to a recent study by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), gender diversity benefits businesses in several ways:

  • Gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions and demonstrate superior team dynamics and productivity. 2Women
  • Studies report that gender-diverse technology organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule and under budget and demonstrate improved employee performance.

IT-oLogy WISE (Women in Information Technology Science and Engineering) is a program dedicated to increasing the number of women in the IT talent pipeline. Through outreach, events and networking, WISE connects and engages the IT ecosystem promoting opportunity, creating visibility and interest in IT careers for girls, college women, and advancing women in the IT profession.

WISE initiatives span the IT-oLogy continuum:

  • PROMOTE IT (K12)
  • TEACH IT (Post High School/Higher Education)
  • GROW IT (IT Professional).

Through outreach, events, and networking, WISE connects and engages the Charlotte IT ecosystem promoting opportunity and creating visibility in IT careers for girls and advancing women in the IT profession.


Connect and engage with businesses and educational institutions to grow the pipeline of female IT talent.
  • Award annual scholarships to high school females planning to study in the STEM disciplines
  • Host the annual National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT) NC Aspirations in Computing Awards recognizing girls in grades 9 – 12 for their outstanding accomplishments in information technology
  • Mentor women IT professionals and students in IT education


Engage, inform and connect the business community providing professional development and networking opportunities.
  • LeadHERship Events
  • NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards


Woman Engagement with leaders, influencers and innovators, providing relationship building and peer connection opportunities.

Leading WISE in 2014 are Chair - Carol Houle, EMC Global Services Leader; Vice-Chair - Karen Mann, Bank of America SVP Executive; and Past Chair - Kim Arciero, CommVault Enterprise Account Manager.

For information, contact Kay Read, or 704-516-3633.

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and community organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, advancing the IT profession and fostering economic development.

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