Girl Geek Dinners was founded in August 2005. Its central mission is to: break down old fashioned social stereotypes, identify routes around barriers to entry for anyone to get into technology, to encourage and nurture those interested in technology by working with local schools, colleges and universities, and to support those currently in the industry and work together to figure out the issues and solutions.
Illinois Technology Foundation
The Illinois Technology Foundation is a grassroots organization with over 300 passionate volunteers that are focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent and leadership in Illinois by bringing real-world career opportunities to the classroom. In doing this, they enrich the careers of students by helping them find meaningful employment that allows them to pursue their technical aspirations and make valuable contributions to their employers.
The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) represents the voice of Oracle technology and database professionals and empowers them to be more productive in their business and careers by: delivering education, sharing best practices, and providing technology direction and networking opportunities.
Iowa Tech Chicks is a community organization that strives to connect and educate women working in and interested in learning technology. Activities are currently centered in Iowa City, but they are interested in connecting with women in tech throughout the state. Connect with them via Twitter, Facebook, Meetup or their website.
The mission of the Latino Startup Alliance is to encourage the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino led technology startup ventures by providing a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, & mentors.
The Microsoft Women Employee Resource Group is committed to actively contributing to the growth and development of local communities, with a particular focus on educating youth and exposing them to emerging technologies and career opportunities in the information technology industry.
Npower is a national nonprofit organization of 23 members providing IT training and services to nonprofits and young adults. Through programs and service, Npower aims to bring the IT community together to do social good.
This group seeks to facilitate the growth of professional women by augmenting the existing tools and skills they need to be successful at varying levels. Some of the key goals are to support emerging women leaders who will help to drive business success and to foster a work environment that helps achieve business goals.
The RAISE project is designed to increase the status of professional women through enhanced Recognition of the Achievements of Women In Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. Current programs of The RAISE Project include an interactive website with a listing of available awards categorized by discipline, career level and eligibility by gender.
Sapling Events work with domain experts to help them build conferences around the topics they know best. The best theoretical physicist in the world is likely not the best person to identify venues, set menus, and market an event, that's where they come in.