Computing-related occupations are projected to be the fifth fastest growing segment of the professional workforce through 2022, and computing has the second highest median annual wage of all occupational categories. Yet in 2013, women held only 26% of computing occupations although they held 57% of all US workforce professional occupations. Improving the gender balance in computing can lead to a more diverse and competitive workforce while offering families more stability.

Charlotte WISE is dedicated to doing just that –  increasing the percentage of women in the IT talent pipeline. Charlotte WISE (Women in Information Technology Science and Engineering) is now a  GROW IT  program of IT-oLogy.  Although new to IT-oLogy, WISE has a 10 year history in Charlotte bringing businesses, educational institutions and organizations together through outreach, professional development events and networking opportunities promoting opportunity and creating visibility to the many  IT careers available for girls and advancing women in the IT profession.

WISE outreach programs include awarding college scholarships to qualified young women high school seniors who plan to pursue degrees in IT and recognizing girls  in grades 9 -12 for their accomplishments in IT as part of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations awards.

The LeadHERship series of events offer business and IT relevant round table discussions, executive panel presentations, networking opportunities and more. The next event, in partnership with NCWIT, is planned for late summer.

Join us as we work together to create a more diverse and competitive workforce. For more information or to get involved, contact Kay Read, [email protected].

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