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May 2019

Wherever you go...

There is a quote attributed to Confucius that reads: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."  That is especially inspiring as a semester advising information systems students in their community projects comes to a close.  Ninety-three CMU students participated in teams of 3 and 4 providing solutions to further the mission of their community partner organizations.  These 28 organizations, from small start-ups to human services and economic development organizations - most based in Pittsburgh - worked with the students to provide invaluable real-world experience.  The students "put their heart in the work" and delivered ways for the organizations to operate more effectively and better serve their constituents.  RedChairPGH was privileged to work with one of these talented student teams to begin work on delivering what we think will be a valuable tool for our constituents - the Pittsburgh tech community - YOU!  Read on to learn more below about the project and where we are taking it next.  Sincerely, "your friend in tech", Julia
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CMU / RedChairPGH project team: Nupur Maheshwari, Sruthi Surapaneni, Meesha Gerhardt (Redtree Web Designs), Lou Camerlengo (Five Star), Jenny Zhu.

Recent Highlights

From our Thrive Study - Tech4All!

When we conducted a digital conversation (using Thrive) with women in the Pittsburgh technology community we saw a strong correlation between efficacy (being efficient and effective) at work and having a support network (you can read more about it here) - that led us to believe that we would be offering you a benefit if we could find ways to help extend your support network.  A platform to do this was developed by the CMU students working with Lou and Meesha over the past 15 weeks.  We'll run a beta test on the platform and plan to launch it at our November 21st annual event later this year.  Stay tuned!

Femisphere Codeswitch - Tech4Good!

Femisphere Codeswitch held a hackathon where coders and single moms came together to create technology solutions not just for, but with, moms.  If you'd like to see the full process and the results of the hackathon (and the winners!) - check out the website:!  Congratulations to Satvika Netin on a fabulous result!

Ilana Diamond honored for her contribution to Innovation and the Region's Entrepreneurial Vitality - Tech4Life!

On May 14th the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association honored Ilana Diamond in celebration of her achievements as a pioneering business leader. You may know Ilana, if you don't you should.  She is a passionate supporter of women in tech, the Managing Director, Hardware, Alphalab Gear & Riverfront Ventures and a former President and CEO of Sima Products, a consumer electronics company.  Truly a valuable asset in the Pittsburgh Tech community!

Mark Your Calendar

Lot's going on in the next few months! Click the live links to learn more:

05-16-19 | Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) - 2pm free webinar
05-24-19 | RedChairPGH on TechVibe Radio
06-03-19 | Cyburgh
06-08-19 | Pittsburgh Tech Fest
06-15-19 | Scholarship Application Deadline
06-20-19 | RedChairPGH with IxDA Pgh (tba)
06-28-19 | B'Sides Pittsburgh Cybersecurity
07-15-19 | Scholarship Applicants Notified
08-01-19 | Summer Social (tba)
08-15-19 | EDGE Weekend Program
09-14-19 | RedChairPGH Negotiation Workshop (tba)

Scholarships for Mid-Career Women in Tech!!

RedChairPGH mission focuses on our local Pittsburgh region.  We believe that our regional focus allows us to create the relationships and continuity that enables real change here in our own back yard. We seek to correct the gender imbalance in our region’s technical professions, focusing on mid-career women in tech to ensure that all of the hard work done to get girls interested in STEM and young women graduating into tech careers isn't lost.  Statistics say women leave tech careers mid-career at twice the rate of men.

We are working to help turn that around in our region by offering leadership development scholarships for mid-career women in tech.  Apply now:

Worth Reading.... 

Technology is just another human creation—like religion or government or sports or money. It's not perfect, and it never will be. But it's still a miracle.

The above quote was referenced in a great article in WIRED this month entitled "Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry" by Paul Ford



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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