The Dearborn-based Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, an organization that works to improve opportunities for the female IT workforce, is expanding its reach on the west side of the state.
Four sponsors — Meijer, Open Systems Technologies, Gordon Food Services, and Spectrum Health — have recently joined the nonprofit from Michigan’s west side.
“To realize our vision of becoming the No. 1 state for women in technology, we need to expand our membership beyond our metro Detroit core,” says Cindy Warner, president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation.
Rob Geer, West Michigan mission director for the foundation, also says there is a concentrated group of businesses and entrepreneurs in cities such as Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, and Kalamazoo committed to helping build a more vibrant and diverse IT economy in Michigan.
“Our network here continues to grow,” he says. “We are partnering with organizations who have a stake in building a steady pipeline of IT talent, and they want to be part of the amazing change Michigan Council of Women in Technology is creating in Michigan.”
The foundation, which is made up of volunteers and more than 700 members, hosts events that educate business leaders and other influencers on IT trends and issues. Upcoming events include a screening of the movie Code: Debugging the Gender Gap on Sept. 30, and a Girls Rock IT program on Oct 15.
For more information, visit mcwt.org.