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April 2019

Spring is here. Happy New Year!

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.”
Anne Lamott

For many of us, spring is a time of renewal. We shake off the sluggishness of a long winter and take stock of the possibilities that lie ahead. We venture into the warmth and light of what feels like a second start to the year. If you close your eyes and listen, what do you hear about the possibilities this year can bring for your career. We are thinking about this constantly at RedChairPGH. This newsletter shares some of what we heard.
Happy Spring! Happy New Year!

Recent Highlights

Thrive Study and RedChairPGH

RedChairPGH &THRIVE held a deeper conversation with women in Pittsburgh tech from December 2018 through February 2019. Later this month we will be releasing our full report with a list of actionable steps and programs to decrease the gender equity gap in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned!

Coming Soon - The RedChairPGH Mentorship Portal

RedChairPGH board members Meesha Gerhart and Lou Camerlengo are working with CMU Information Systems students Nupur Maheshwari, Sruthi Surapaneni, and Jenny Zhu on the design and development of RedChairPGH Mentoring Matching portal. This tool helps Pittsburgh women in tech connect with female mentors and male advocates who want to help you grow your career. We are piloting this summer with a full launch in the fall! More to Come!

2019 Scholarships Application is Now Open!

Each year, the RedChairPGH board selects a group of women to receive scholarships to attend the EDGE Women’s Leadership Retreat, DDI Leadership Packs, and one-on-one coaching from Laura Freedman. Applications are being accepted through June 15, 2019.

Mark Your Calendar

Lot's going on in the next month! Click the live links to learn more:
04-11-19 I Strategic Planning for Life
04-12-19 | 1st Annual Cyber-Tech Women's Symposium
04-16-19 | TogetherDigital Pittsburgh: YOUR PRESENCE
04-16-19 | A Taste of Tech Elevator
04-30-19 | WELD Pittsburgh Executive Women’s Series 
05-17-19 | Women, Girls & the Search for Self-Esteem
11-21-19 I 2019 RedChairPGH Annual Event

Where are they now?

RedChairPGH first offered a scholarship program for mid-career Pittsburgh women in tech in 2017 where nine women received career development opportunities specifically focused on women in tech.  In 2018, with proceeds from our 2017 event sponsors and through generous support of the CIO Awards silent auction and CNX, sixteen women were awarded scholarships.  We thought now would be a good time to check in on a couple of the 2017 recipients to hear how they are doing!

DDI Leadership Packet 2018 Recipient Alison Falk, Founder Women In Technology Pittsburgh:

Since receiving a RedChairPGH Scholarship I have taken action to make an even greater impact in the Pittsburgh tech community. I quit my 9-5 job as an application developer to nurture and expand the Women In Tech Pittsburgh platform I launched last year. RedChairPGH helped me realize my strength as a leader and my abilities to influence those around me by being compassionate and authentic in how I make decisions and execute my goals.

If you are a past scholarship recipient and would like to update us all on how you are doing and what the scholarship has meant to you - please share by sending an email to - we'll feature you in our next monthly newsletter!

CIO of the Year Awards and Support for RedChairPGH 

On Thursday night, March 21st, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater CIO Group hosted their annual Pittsburgh CIO of the Year dinner to honor area IT and Cybersecurity leaders.  A silent auction was held with the proceeds going to RedChairPGH!  We raised over $6,000 - which will allow RedChairPGH to offer three additional scholarships for the August weekend EDGE program. Special thanks to Delvina Morrow from the Pittsburgh Tech Council for organizing the event and the silent auction!

This year during the event, board member Toni Murphy told the audience of over 700 IT professionals about our mission and the scholarship offering.  Here she is congratulating category winner Joanne Peca, CIO of Penn State Altoona.

RedChairPGH Board Member Tami Licht, Designs Development International and Board Chair Julia Poepping,  Copasec LLC with the #sitwithme Red Chair.

We extend our most heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of time and entertainment from the following executives (in alphabetical order):
  • Melissa Alsing, CIO at Seton Hill University
  • Steve Agnoli, CIO Reed Smith
  • Ed Brady, CIO at Matthews International
  • Charles Bartel, VP and CIO at Duquesne University
  • Thomas Dugas, CISO at Duquesne University
  • Dr. Trebor Z. Evans, CISO at Dollar Bank
  • Bill Fortwangler, CIO at Dollar Bank
  • Mark Guy, VP of Clinical Informatics at Allegheny Health Network
  • Jan Kubiska, CIO of Pressley Ridge
  • Richard Liebscher, Sr, CIO at Eat'N Park Hospitality Group
  • Mark Miko, CIO at Duquesne Light
  • Stephen Mancini, CTO and Strategic Operations Director at NCFTA
  • Plus Consulting
  • Joanne Peca, CIO Penn State Altoona
  • Eng Tan, CIO at Automated Health Systems
  • Michael Tallent, CISO at Duquesne Light
  • Ellen Wieckowski, VP Information Technology and HR at Robert Morris University
  • Robert S. White, Chief Medical Information Officer at Allegheny Health Network

Lifelong Learning 

From Wikipedia - Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.

One of the great things about tech is that it is always changing and offers endless opportunities for lifelong learning.

These are copied here for your learning enjoyment
An article highlighting new mentoring models
An article on Tips for 7 different salary talks 
An article about the facts behind diversity in CS

... and my current favorite: An inspiring blog on a cohort of coding moms

Thank you's and Acknowledgements

An All-volunteer Board of Advisers

As an all-volunteer organization, we value the leadership and guidance provided by some really amazing and talented people!  Special thanks for our 2019 board of advisers:
Neha Abraham with Modular
Lou Camerlengo with fivestar*
Meesha Gerhart with redtree web designs
Tami Licht with DDI
Kathleen Lovett with Thermo Fisher Scientific
Toni Murphy with Comcast
Julia Poepping with Copasec
Denise Vay with PPG
Thank you to our RedChairPGH Advisory Board!



RedchairPGH is a network of women and men who are committed to creating gender balance in the Pittsburgh technology professions. We believe diverse teams increase innovation, opportunity and organizational results. 
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