Women & Hi Tech exists to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all.

Upcoming events

    • 10/01/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    On behalf of Women & Hi Tech, you are cordially invited to join us for the first-ever Virtual Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala (LLAs) on October 1, 2020, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EST). 

    Historically, this signature, biennial event organized and hosted by Women & Hi Tech has focused on celebrating Indiana women in STEM - women who are risk-takers, leaders, educators, mentors, and those who are changing our local STEM landscape. New this year, the 2020 LLAs will focus on “Equity and Inclusion” in our Indiana STEM community. As such, Women & Hi Tech is excited to provide inaugural award recognition to our equity and inclusion champions, along with our male allies.

    Women & Hi Tech will also award over $50,000 in scholarships and grants to women and girls pursuing STEM fields at the 2020 LLAs. This is the highest amount of scholarships and grants awarded in Women & Hi Tech’s history. We are super excited!

    Typically, LLAs are held in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, with 600-700 people in attendance. Given the current pandemic, to keep everyone’s health and safety as the utmost priority, we have decided to host our 2020 Leading Light Awards as a virtual event. While this virtual celebration will look different, we are planning a phenomenal evening of celebrating the excellence, expertise, and “Equity and Inclusion” exemplified by our Indiana STEM community. We hope you can join us!

    Registration for the LLAs is FREE and is required in order to provide you with login instructions. A login and important instructions will be sent to the email address entered for this registration approximately 5 days before the event begins. The information in that email will help you set up your login/access for this exciting virtual event.

    **By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you may be photographed, videotaped, and/or audio-taped during the course of this event and hereby give permission for your image, and/or voice to be used in education, training, promotion, advertisement, and/or trade and communications media by Women & Hi Tech in any and all media outlets throughout the world, without restriction as to frequency or duration of usage.**

    • 10/20/2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    In this third installment of the All-IT Community webinar series, we will examine challenges and solutions for the accelerated rate of change in our organizations and the unique opportunities we now have.

    Register now at:  https://expedient.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_imqHLwQNTt6H2G-8_UVnJg

    • 10/27/2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 444

    In February of 2020, Women & Hi Tech hosted a special edition of Executive Women’s Forum:  A Double Whammy or Triple Threat: The Disparity of Diversity Amongst Women in STEM, an interactive forum which featured diverse female leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation/Intellectual Property to discuss the disparity of diversity and privilege that may exist amongst women in STEM.

    Recent events have exposed deep inequalities in the United States. Not that may exist, but that do exist. The injustices Black Americans face every day have forced a spotlight on systemic racism in our country, in our boardrooms, and Zoom rooms. This important and critical conversation continues from February to our Executive Women’s Forum October 27: Flipping the Script on Racism and Women in STEM – the Journey to Equity. Please join us for this event hosted by Women & Hi Tech, hear stories from three black women working in STEM, representation of STEM statistics and facts, and get an action plan on what you can do to flip the script on racism in your conference rooms and neighborhoods.

    The field of STEM has a racism problem.

    • Despite an increase in the number of women receiving computer science degrees over the past two decades, computer sciences has one of the lowest shares of women degree recipients among the broad fields of Science & Engineering – National Science Foundation
    • In 2016 alone, Black women earned more than 33,000 bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering, and 24 percent of doctorates awarded to Black women were in STEM. But that same report showed that in 2017, only 5 percent of managerial jobs in STEM were held by Black women and men combined. – National Science Foundation
    • While there has been significant progress for women in the life and physical sciences since 1990, the share of women has been roughly stable in other STEM occupational clusters and has actually gone down 7 percentage points in the area with the largest job growth over this period: computer occupations, a job cluster that includes computer scientists, systems analysts, software developers, information systems managers and programmers. – Pew Social Trends
    • Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce. Blacks make up 11% of the U.S. workforce overall but represent 9% of STEM workers, while Hispanics comprise 16% of the U.S. workforce but only 7% of all STEM workers. And among employed adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, blacks are just 7% and Hispanics are 6% of the STEM workforce.- Pew Social Trends
    • Black STEM employees are especially likely to say they have experienced discrimination at work – in a current or previous job; 62% of blacks in STEM say this compared with 44% of Asians and 42% of Hispanics in STEM jobs. – Pew Social Trends
    • 49% of Black women feel that their race or ethnicity will make it harder for them to get a raise, promotion, or chance to get ahead, compared to just 3% of white women and 11% of women overall. - LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, Women in the Workplace 2019, unpublished data.

    Our moderator for the event is Nichelle Whitney, Senior Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Outreach, IU Bloomington, and CEO of The Guarden LLC. Founded by Nichelle Whitney, The Guarden offers diversity education training for institutions, corporations, and organizations of all sizes. The education is approached from a lens of grace and reaching for the highest point of unity, so workshops usually include opportunities for introspection and centers on helping individuals reach for reconciliation rather than resentment. In addition to diversity and inclusion workshops, Nichelle chairs the Monroe County Women's Commission, serves with the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County Board of Directors as a Fellow, and chairs the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee for the state of Indiana.  LinkedIn Profile

    Panelists:     Title:
    Dwana Franklin-Davis    

    CEO Reboot Representation, Board of Directors for National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
    LinkedIn Profile

    Tanya Foutch

    Resident Engineering Supervisor at FCA Chrysler – North America Trustee, Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees
    LinkedIn Profile

    Joy Mason     President & Senior Business Strategist, Optimist Business Solutions
    Author of three books: 5 Steps to Sustainable Solutions for Women In Business, Purpose A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It, Purposeshift Journal Healing with Nature

    LinkedIn Profile

    Registration for this EWF is required in order to provide you with the final login instructions, but is free for all who want to participate, Women & Hi Tech members and non-members. A login/password will be sent to the email address entered for this registration approximately 48 hours before the event begins (i.e., on or around October 25, 2020). The login/password provided in that email will be required to enter the Webinar on October 27, 2020.


    11:30 am-11:45 am EST Welcome and Introductions

    11:45 am -1:00 pm EST Panel Discussion

    **By registering for this event, you acknowledge that you may be photographed, videotaped, and/or audio-taped during the course of this event and hereby give permission for your image, and/or voice to be used in education, training, promotion, advertisement, and/or trade and communications media by Women & Hi Tech in any and all media outlets throughout the world, without restriction as to frequency or duration of usage.**

    ***PLEASE NOTE: W & HT event registration, including any and all associated registration fee(s), is non-refundable and non-transferable. ***

    • 11/05/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Meeting

    Women are far less likely than their male counterparts to get constructive feedback or receive challenging stretch assignments at work. Being challenged is necessary for positive career growth. Through better understanding our gender biases, together we can lead as allies to helping advance women in the workplace through candid feedback, challenging with care, and coaching them to success. In this interactive workshop, author and TEDx speaker Julie Kratz will facilitate a robust discussion with actionable tools and strategies to lead like an ally. Together, we will canvass: how to give and receive candid feedback, the importance of challenging people equally, and how to coach women and those are different from you. You will walk away with a plan using proven tools to support positive change in your workplace.

    Registration for this event is FREE, but required in order to provide you with the event login information.  If you are a male ally interested in attending Women & Hi Tech's OperationALL please contact Allison Lipps, Women & Hi Tech's Community Outreach Director.

Past events

09/22/2020 Women & Hi Tech's Virtual Book Club
09/22/2020 IndyVolved 15: Uncover the Good
08/04/2020 Race in Tech - Virtual Dinner Event
07/23/2020 Virtual Executive Women’s Forum – A Joint Event – Women & Hi Tech and Executive Women in Finance Indiana
07/12/2020 Boss Babe Bunch 2020
06/24/2020 Mental Wellness for Business: Part II - Is your organizational identity racial or cultural?
06/17/2020 Python Web Conference
06/16/2020 Women & Hi Tech’s #INThisTogether Virtual Spring Networking House Party
06/10/2020 Mental Wellness for Business: Is your organizational identity racial or cultural?
05/27/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Books on Break: What Do You Recommend?
05/20/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - The Effect of Social Distancing on Your Social Life
05/13/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Coping Chemistry Cooking Hacks
05/12/2020 Accelerating Change - Strengthening Diversity & Inclusion in the Technology Industry
05/06/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Managing the Dynamics of Remote Work and Family
04/30/2020 Virtual Executive Women’s Forum – Leveraging the Gift of Feedback
04/29/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Tech Tips & Tricks
04/22/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Addressing Job Vulnerability and Loss
04/15/2020 ClickSide Chat Series - Health and Wellness for Women In STEM
03/14/2020 2020 Passport to Hi-Tech--CANCELLED
03/10/2020 Project Product
03/09/2020 Closing the Gap: Indiana's 1st All-Girls STEM School
03/04/2020 Networking With Confidence - a Joint Event Featuring Halle Simpson
02/10/2020 Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis and Marianne Glick Present: An Evening with Dr. Tererai Trent: Empowering the Next Generation of Women
02/05/2020 "Special Edition" Executive Women's Forum Part II - A Double Whammy or Triple Threat: The Disparity of Diversity Amongst Women in STEM
01/23/2020 Women of Skyline: Kicking Off New Year, New Vision
12/04/2019 Women & Hi Tech's Holiday Networking Event
11/18/2019 Women & Hi Tech's Executive Women's Forum: Putting Confidence and Self-Worth Into ACTION!
11/12/2019 Women’s Speaker Series: Ignite Your Journey – Finding the Path that’s Right for You
10/30/2019 Women In Energy Conference
10/28/2019 Get On Board
10/22/2019 Women & Hi Tech's OperationALL - Lead Like an Ally
10/21/2019 Lessons from Female Leaders in Hi Tech
10/10/2019 Pass the Torch for Women - Ignite The Torch Annual Awards
09/26/2019 Women & Hi Tech's Fall Retreat at The French Lick Resort
08/22/2019 Ignite Your Superpower!
08/17/2019 SQLSaturday
08/16/2019 Women & Hi Tech's 20th Anniversary Celebration
07/19/2019 INNOPOWER - A new conference to create Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems in Indianapolis and beyond!
07/13/2019 See Yourself in Tech: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome and Finding Your Place in Tech
06/18/2019 Annual Meeting & Executive Women's Forum - You Are More Than Enough
05/17/2019 INBADD: Indiana Business Analysis Development Day 2019
05/15/2019 Spring Networking Event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
03/22/2019 Women Working in Technology Conference
03/19/2019 Hoosier Women in Tech March Meetup
03/19/2019 Project Product
03/16/2019 2019 Passport to Hi-Tech
03/01/2019 Center of Excellence for Women in Technology Summit
02/20/2019 Executive Women's Forum: Supply Chain and STEM, the Perfect Career Combination
02/06/2019 Leading with Influence - a Joint Event Featuring Julie Kratz
01/24/2019 Women of Skyline: Kicking Off New Year, New Power
12/05/2018 Holiday Networking Event
11/29/2018 Agbioscience Innovation Summit
11/14/2018 Scarlet Lane Brewery Tour - Co-hosted with SWE
11/10/2018 2018 International Food & Wine Experience - Sponsored by SIM-Indy
11/02/2018 Pass the Torch For Women - "Ignite the Torch" Annual Awards Reception
10/31/2018 Executive Women's Forum - Non-Profit Engagement can Propel Your Career
10/04/2018 2018 Leading Light Awards
09/10/2018 Ignite Your Superpower!
06/29/2018 Women & Hi Tech Annual Meeting
05/22/2018 Spring Networking Event - Indiana Fever Basketball Game
04/24/2018 Executive Women's Forum - Sex, Power, and the Workplace: A Candid Conversation
04/24/2018 Pass the Torch for Tech Breakfast
04/14/2018 2018 Passport to Hi-Tech
03/29/2018 Advancing Women and Tech in Indianapolis
02/28/2018 Executive Women's Forum - Mood and Food: The Mind and Emotional Eating
02/01/2018 "Special Edition" Executive Women's Forum - A Double Whammy or Triple Threat: The Disparity of Diversity Amongst Women in STEM
12/06/2017 Holiday Networking Event
09/21/2017 Retreat at French Lick Resort
08/22/2017 Executive Women's Forum - Trends and Transitions - How companies and individuals are evolving with the rise of the information age.
08/17/2017 Ignite Your Superpower!
07/26/2017 Inaugural W & HT/HBA-IN Summer Networking Event
06/06/2017 Executive Women's Forum - Operational Intelligence - Manufacturing, IoT and Advanced Analytics, Oh My!
05/17/2017 Spring Networking Event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
03/18/2017 2017 Passport to Hi-Tech
03/08/2017 Purdue Road School - Transportation Conference & Expo - Women in Leadership Panel
03/04/2017 Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science
03/01/2017 Executive Women's Forum - Investing in Women, Investing in Yourself
12/07/2016 Holiday Networking Event
10/06/2016 2016 Leading Light Awards
08/09/2016 Executive Women's Forum - Get Smart About Data Security
07/28/2016 Mind the Gap: Women in Tech - Hosted by Clear Software
06/23/2016 Executive Women's Forum - Tech Trends and Tales
05/18/2016 Spring Networking Event - Indiana Fever Basketball Game
03/17/2016 Executive Women's Forum - 2020: Preparing for and Taking Advantage of the Multipational Workplace
03/08/2016 Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo
03/05/2016 2016 Passport to Hi-Tech
12/02/2015 Holiday Networking Event at The Mavris Arts & Event Center
11/19/2015 2016 Innovate HER - Innovating for Women Business Challenge
11/12/2015 Indiana Conference for Women
10/01/2015 French Lick Retreat
08/27/2015 Indiana IT Symposium
08/13/2015 Executive Women's Forum - Genius or Genius Maker
07/23/2015 VMUG UserCon
05/12/2015 Spring Networking Event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
04/16/2015 Executive Women's Forum - This is NOT the Career I Ordered!
03/07/2015 2015 Passport to Hi-Tech
02/12/2015 Executive Women's Forum - The Intersection of Hi Tech & Real Life
12/03/2014 Holiday Networking Event at The Alexander Hotel
11/03/2014 Multipliers Workshop
10/21/2014 Indiana Governor's Conference
08/28/2014 Executive Women's Forum - Untethered
08/27/2014 Indiana IT Symposium
06/03/2014 Spring Networking Event - Cupcakes & Corks
05/14/2014 Executive Women's Forum - What do mermaids, unicorns and work-life balance have in common?
03/08/2014 2014 Passport to Hi-Tech

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