The official re-launch of WISE (Women & IT, Science and Engineering), as a program of IT-oLogy was held January 26th. WISE partnered with the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) for an evening discussion on ‘He for She in IT’. The capacity crowd heard keynote speaker Avis Rivers Yates (President & CEO, Technology Concepts Group International & NCWIT Board Member) deliver an engaging keynote on the NCWIT research on Male Advocates and Allies: Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology Workplaces. Avis followed with a discussion on the topic with distinguished panelists: Chris Estes (State of NC CIO), Steve Hagood (SVP and CIO), Ingersoll Rand, Laurie Readhead (Enterprise CIO and Data Officer), Bank of America, Jeff Stovall (CIO, City of Charlotte), and Valerie Truesdale (Chief Officer of Technology, Personalized Learning & Engagement, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools).
At the event, leaders also joined the Sit with Me campaign. All were invited to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by sitting in the red chair and sharing their story.
For information about the WISE program and future sponsorship opportunities, contact Kay Read [email protected].