Two weeks ago I was joined by 600 leaders at Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur for Colorado Technology Association’s annual Women in Technology (WIT) Conference, and I wish we all could head back there tomorrow.
Energy radiated throughout the full-day retreat, centered on professional development, industry insights, meaningful discussion and relationship building.
At the event, luminaries (women who are leaders in the tech community) facilitate table discussions that spur reflection and move attendees to make their voices heard at work. It’s often the highlight of the day. Women come away with new mentors they can trust, who they’ve shared stories with and learned from through shared experiences. But we can’t have WIT every day. Which got me to thinking, “How can we keep the momentum around empowering women and girls within tech all year?”
At CTA, we’ve found traction with the WIT Colorado Council, which brings together corporate women’s network leaders throughout the year to discuss best practices, challenges and ways we can help each other. SheTech Explorer Day Colorado is an inspiring day for 9th- through 11th-grade girls to get hands-on experience with tech and offer volunteer opportunities for women in tech (slated for this fall). And we also drive the state’s Million Women Mentors Be Counted! campaign, which encourages mentors (men and women) to count the hours they put into supporting girls and women who pursue STEM careers.
Those are a few ways we try to keep the momentum going, along with a number of ongoing efforts in Colorado, but how can CTA elevate the work you’re doing to maintain WIT’s energy? Let me know in the comments of my LinkedIn post, and let’s work together to make Colorado home to the most welcoming, inclusive tech community around.