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February 2019

Original artwork by Jordan Graham

Jordan is the daughter of Jay Graham, Enterprise Architect at University of Pittsburgh (whose office is a virtual historical archive of all things tech - from punch cards to floppy disks).  Jay generously helped us host our first web site at Pitt and his daughter, Jordan, created original artwork for our 2016 event.  This lovely drawing is featured on our Twitter account.  Jordan will be starting at Pitt next fall to study Art and Music!
“It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
― Terry Pratchett

Recent Highlights

Thrive Study and RedChairPGH in PG

Tech columnist Courtney Linder interviewed Brenda Vester and JZ Strafura of Thrive and Julia Poepping of RedChairPGH for an article on the work we're doing together to better understand how things are for Pittsburgh women in tech

RedChairPGH Student Project Kicks Off!

Lou Camerlengo met with Carnegie Mellon University Information Systems students to share the RedChairPGH vision and mission.  The students will be working with us to deliver technology to  help Pittsburgh women in tech connect and support each other in more meaningful ways!

WITI Launches a Pittsburgh chapter!

Joanne Peca, CIO at Penn State Altoona and Jeria Quesenberry, Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University joined Ranstad Technologies and an amazing panel of Pittsburgh women in tech.

Mark Your Calendar

Lot's going on in the next month! Click the live links to learn more:
02-12-19 | Diversity Panel at Pitt SCI
02-12-19 | Women in Tech Meetup.
02-12-19 | Tech Elevator Intro to Programming
02-27-19 | EWC C-Suite event (w/Toni Murphy)
02-28-19 | Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
03-21-19 | Women Techmakers Summit
03-21-19 | Pittsburgh Tech Council's CIO of the Year
04-01-19 | Call for Paper Deadline for June 6 Pittsburgh TechFest Conference

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!

EDGE Scholarship 2017 Recipient Ashley Davis, now a business analyst at PPG:

It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been 18 months! There are still moments when I’m facing a challenge that I reflect back on one of the topics we covered or the stories shared by a fellow Edge Sister. Even as time passes there are parts of the experience that have stayed with me. And thanks to social media it’s easy to keep up with the accomplishments of cohort members! I’ve since completed my MBA, and that has also been an incredibly valuable experience for me. The difference is that while I now have a better understanding of the complexities in the business world, an experience like Edge teaches you how to navigate through it (especially as a woman in the technology field). The most important takeaway I would share with other women is this: You have intelligence, you have a voice, and you have purpose! Don’t ever be afraid to shine your light! Once you eliminate self-doubt from your mind the possibilities are truly endless.

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 

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 have a great partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council who generously has offered their annual CIO of the Year Awards charity fundraiser to help RedChairPGH send women to the Edge experience.

Here's how you can help:
 As a CIO or someone with decision-making capacity for your organizations technology, offer your time as part of a silent auction event.  Past executives have offered time at sporting events, or a speaker series.  We'll send links once they are ready!

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 free online courses 
A free course in negotiating salary 
An article about current trends in software/computing
An article about women in the workplace: Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office 

... and my current favorite: Machine Learning with Andrew Ng of Stanford University

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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