TechWomen|TechGirls

Building A Strong Community

TechWomen|TechGirls is a NH Tech Alliance initiative focused on building a strong community of female professionals enthusiastic about technology and supporting efforts where girls are exploring STEM as a career or area of study. TechWomen|TechGirls holds programs for professional women to connect, educate and explore ideas around career development, technology initiatives and innovation. The community also deploys volunteers and mentors to support academic STEM initiatives and events for girls happening all over New Hampshire.

Promoting Women In Technology

Today’s current statistics show that although 47% of the workforce is women and 57% of all college graduates are women, only 25% of the US IT workforce is made up of women. Numbers get even lower when you look at US Computer Science graduates (18%) and US Computer Programming graduates (13%). Despite the growth in technology opportunities and the continued demand for qualified workers, the statistics show that women remain in the minority. With these staggering statistics, changes are needed in how we think about the pipeline and the retention of women in technology.

“Reports continue to point to the need for a focus on inclusive cultures that celebrate the diversity of thought. Our Tech Women|Tech Girls leadership and committees look forward to continuing to support our members in their personal and professional growth.” Candice Benson, Alliance board member and chair of the Tech Women|Tech Girls initiative.

For more information or to get involved in all the great work of TWTG, please contact Candice Benson at candice@bensonconsultinginc.com.

TechWomen Power Breakfast Series

Each month throughout the year, an amazing group of women (and men) comes together to network, share inspirational stories, grow professionally and personally and bring awareness to what is possible for women today. Our breakfast series empowers everyone who joins us to think differently in so many ways and all before 9:00 am on a Wednesday. With a list of incredible speakers over the last few years, those who have attended can tell you that there is no other event in our great state of New Hampshire quite like this. The feeling you will leave with and the relationships you will create at these breakfasts will stay with you long after the breakfast is over.

To learn more about this monthly breakfast that averages 85 attendees, please contact committee chair Melissa Jurkoic at Melissa.Jurkoic@amadeus.com.

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TWTG Breakfast

Annual Luncheon

The TechWomen Annual Awards Luncheon is the Alliance’s opportunity to highlight women and girls who are making a significant impact in our local technology environment. This event brings together technologists, entrepreneurs and business leaders from throughout the state to celebrate and highlight the impact that women are making in technology.

The TechWomen Annual Awards Luncheon is currently in its 4th year, and showcases a luminary keynote speaker, as well as awards a “TechWoman” “TechEducator” and “TechStudent” of the year. These awards are entirely nomination-based and collected for months preceding the event.

As with all Alliance events, this luncheon is only made possible with the diligent effort of a committee of women who focus year-round on this celebratory luncheon. We are grateful to all past and present sponsors who also help to make this luncheon a successful event.

The 2019 TechWomen Annual Luncheon will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH.

Access the 2019 nomination form here to nominate an individual for “TechWoman”, “TechEducator” or “TechStudent” of the Year.

Interested in sponsoring the TechWomen Annual Luncheon? Contact Shannon Herrmann for more information at sherrmann@alexandertg.com.

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TechWomen Ambassadors Week

TechWomen Ambassadors Week is an annual program to help young women explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our committee calls on our community’s vast expertise to help inspire young women. Since its inception, TechWomen Ambassadors Week has reached over 1,600 young girls and engaged over 250 professionals and over 450 student volunteers.

The 2018 Ambassadors week (November 12-16, 2018) brought together nearly 1,000 8th- and 9th-grade young women with female volunteers and educators to encourage students to pursue aspirations in the STEM fields. With over 15 event locations across New Hampshire, students had the opportunity to engage with local female technologists who were there to share their experiences and give career advice. Read more.

For more information about the program, please contact Carol Miller at carol.miller@livefree.nh.gov or Julia McIntosh at julia.w.case@gmail.com.

If you are interested in volunteering for 2019, please contact Melissa Jurkoic at Melissa.jurkoic@amadeus.com.

If you are interested in sponsorship for 2019 please contact Sara Bee at sara.bee@ml.com.

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Contacts & Support

Primary TechWomen|TechGirls Contact:
Candice Benson, committee chair
Candice@bensonconsultinginc.com, 603-232-8297

The TechWomen|TechGirls initiative is proudly supported by: