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January 2019

"Lead when called. Follow with intention. Pull others along. Stand firm, but be light on your feet. Be ready when opportunity knocks."

- A new year's resolution from RedChairPGH
Happy New Year!

Recent Highlights

RedChairPGH 2018 Annual Event - Keynote

Our annual event was held at the August Wilson Center on Nov 15, 2018.  Toni Murphy, VP at Comcast sat down for a conversation with Ed McCallister, CIO at UPMC to talk about their newly launched Women in Tech initiative and the work yet to be done to achieve gender equity.

RedChairPGH 2018 Annual Event - Panel

Audrey Russo, CEO Pittsburgh Tech Council, moderated a panel of experts on the challenges and rewards of driving inclusion.  From left to right, Janet Crenshaw Smith, Co-founder and President of the IVY Planning Group, Erik Winebrenner CISO at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Linda Topoleski VP Workforce Operations at Allegheny Conference and Priscilla Beal, Americas Head of Digital Partnership at Bayer.

Cyber ready Girl Scouts at BNY Mellon!

Lisa Sittler and Julia Poepping joined the BNY Mellon team with Jen Ozdinek and Kimberly Reed to help daisies, brownies and junior girl scouts earn their cyber badges.  RMU Cyber team lead by Karen Paullet was there too!  There are two more sessions scheduled and RedChairPGH has been invited to join in the fun - see the calendar events below.

Mark Your Calendar

Here are some important dates to keep in mind, click the live links to learn more:

01-08-19 | Pittsburgh Chapter of ISSA (email
01-23-19 | WITI Launch Pittsburgh
01-25-19 | She Innovates Hackathon!
01-29-19 | WELD Leadership Series
Various   | Women in Tech Meetups

We're collaborating on Projects!

A Digital Conversation: In conjunction with Thrive redchairpgh is conducting a 12-week digital conversation with the RedChairPGH community.  Thrive is checking in twice a week by email with the women and men that chose to opt-in to the discussion.  Short surveys ask how things are going, gather impressions over time and get a sense of what our Pittsburgh-based tech community experiences day to day.  We're pretty excited about what we might learn from this and how we can use the outcomes to help create a better tech environment for everyone!

Carnegie Mellon University Information Systems: We signed up to partner with the CMU IS program to have a student team create a technology solution for us.  The project starts in February and runs until May - we may ask some of you to serve as guinea pigs (UAT volunteers, if you prefer)

Women in Tech - You Should Check these out too!

RedChairPGH is intentionally focused 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.
There are many organizations locally, nationally and internationally that offer opportunities to network, learn, grow, take on a leadership position and gain inspiration for women in tech. 
Here are a few:
WITI - WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. They are launching a Pittsburgh chapter this month.  Check it out!

NCWIT - The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is the only national non-profit focused on women's participation in computing across the entire ecosystem, helping more than 1,100 organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing support, evidence, and action.  RedChairPGH's beginnings were inspired by the NCWIT sitwithme advocacy campaign!

Moms Can: CODE - offers moms the opportunity to learn how to code in a supportive & kind online learning environment.  If you've ever met the founder, Erica Peterson, you'll see why this has taken off like wildfire!

Black Tech Nation - Black Tech Nation (BTN) is the first and only social good organization dedicated to growing a black tech ecosystem within Pittsburgh’s rapidly growing tech economy.  Another amazing founder, Kolani Cook, shows why this is an organization with serious potential!

WITPGH Research shows that women tend to shy away from speaking up about their accomplishments in comparison to men. They also attempt to give away credit for the things they’ve done by using the word “we” instead of “I”, or by initially criticizing their skills before stating what they do well. This platform is here to change that and to highlight the majestic women making strides in Pittsburgh’s tech scene!  Alison Falk, a redchairpgh scholarship winner started this site.

Coding with Veni - A site for women in tech featuring hand picked selection of great articles on coding, finding your first job as well as advice from women in the field.  Veni recently launched diversifytech - check it out!  You can follow her on twitter @diversifytechco - there is a great section on her site about scholarships to attend conferences!  How cool is that?

Read Up!

These are the books we presented to the RedChairPGH speakers and sponsors as Thank You gifts.  You might enjoy them too!

What Works: Gender Equality by Design 
by Iris Bohnet  (Author)

Great Speeches by American Women 
by James Daley (Author)

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories
by Tarah Wheeler (Author), Esther Dyson (Foreword)

Thank you's and Acknowledgements

An All-volunteer Org 

As an all-volunteer organization, we often ask a LOT of you when you step up and offer to help.  Hopes are that in volunteering you are exposed to new people, new skills and new ideas and it is a gratifying experience.  We'll have more opportunities in 2019 to help out with the scholarship initiative, attending tech events with the red chair (and doing some sit.snap.tweets), planning the annual event as well as collaborating with other Pittsburgh-based groups to further advocate for women in tech!  Stay tuned!
Thank you to All of our RedChairPGH volunteers!


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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