Women Tech Talent Pipeline Alliance to provide resources, support and opportunities for tech careers
As the economy slows under the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women Tech Council (WTC), a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in technology, is strengthening the workforce and technology economy by joining other key organizations to launch the Women Tech Talent Pipeline Alliance. The alliance will focus on programs that create activation into technology and STEM careers for women of color, moms and women returning to the workforce, refugees and immigrants.
“The Alliance will help our state become stronger and more diverse and allow women and the companies they work for to reach their highest potential.”
“With the pandemic impacting women significantly more than men in the workforce, it has never been more important to focus on increasing the number of women in tech,” said Cydni Tetro, president of WTC. “By uniting these organizations to expand the talent pipeline and include more of these women, we will change the trajectories of their careers and families, strengthen our economy, and increase the impact of women in tech at this critical time.”
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The Alliance brings together WTC, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Code in Color, Latinas in Tech Utah (LiT), the Department of Workforce Services, United Way and RizeNext Tech-Moms. Together, these organizations will increase access to resources and opportunities, and provide support through role models and mentors for more women, especially women of color and women returning to the workforce. Ultimately, adding these women to the technology workforce will positively impact them and their families, provide tech companies needed talent and bolster the long-term health and growth of the economy.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative to bring women in the technology workforce,” said Mary Cardon, director of the Utah Industry and Innovation Center at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “The Alliance will help our state become stronger and more diverse and allow women and the companies they work for to reach their highest potential.”
“It’s imperative that the tech industry continue to make strides toward a more equitable and inclusive industry, and I am pleased to take this important step toward change alongside Women Tech Council, Latinas In Tech Utah and other phenomenal organizations,” said Karen Rodriguez La Paz, founder and CEO of Code In Color. “By banding together, we will enter a new chapter of transformational growth, leadership and change, and continue to bring education and financial wealth to the black and brown women who rightfully deserve a seat at the table.”