The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.
The Scientista Foundation is a national organization that empowers pre-professional women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through content, communities, and conferences. Currently the largest network of campus women across STEM disciplines, Scientista serves to connect all communities of women in STEM at campuses across the nation, giving such important organizations more visibility and resources, and building a strong, cohesive network of women in science that can act as one voice.
She Geeks Out fosters diversity and inclusion through events, networking and education. Our mission is to create an inclusive culture that values and upholds diversity. We connect passionate individuals from all walks of life. We provide the guidance necessary to help develop talents and skills in order to enact organizational transformations. She Geeks Out supports a welcoming network, enables mentorship, supports girls, advances women, and encourages every woman to proudly fly their geek flag.
She’s Geeky convenes to inspire women for the future, creating a space to connect women from diverse STEM communities. They work with and promote existing activities and organizations in regions around the country, inviting them to meet at an interactive event called an UnConference where the agenda is created live at the event by the people in attendance.
SHE++, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, works to empower underrepresented groups in technology by dismantling negative stereotypes surrounding technical careers. We aim to dispel the misconception that computer science is not a career for women and minorities by rebranding what it means to be a technologist.
SIM is an association of over 3500 senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations. They strongly believe in: the alignment of IT and business as a valued partnership, the creation and sharing of best practices, IT management and leadership skills development that enables their members growth at each stage of their career, the replenishment and education of future IT leaders including a strong role in influencing university curriculums and continuing education, working with the IT industry to shape its direction, policies and legislation that stimulate innovation, economic development, healthy competition and IT job creation and serving each community and the industry through giving and outreach.
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The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit educational and service organization that gives women the tools they need to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE provides an array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities that help make engineering a desirable career choice for women.
STEM for Her, formerly known as Women in Technology Education Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, based in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. area that promotes education to create awareness, excitement, and opportunities among girls and young women to pursue successful STEM-related careers.
STEM for Her is focused on championing programs and initiatives that foster enthusiasm and empower girls and young women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math fields of study. The Foundation offers financial support in a variety of ways as it works towards its vision of empowering women to change the world by excelling in STEM-related careers.
Strong TIES is a non-profit grassroots organization who work with community-building partners for increasing K-12 student interest in STEM careers. Strong TIES was founded in 2014 with a concept for impacting STEM through project-based and hands-on camps and working with a small team. This concept is now an annual city-wide program coined “Turn Up for STEAM” and an urban-centric STEM educational infrastructure to address the need for sustainable Out of School Time (OST) programs. As our program has grown, we have learned about the barriers that disadvantaged students face, from basic competency in core subjects to exposure to real-world needs, particularly where science and technology may assist. Many under-represented and under-served students lack the confidence, relationship building skills, and training they need to recognize the value of their ideas and potentials for STEM careers. That is why in 2017 we will launch theUrban STEM Thrive Program to support the empowerment of disadvantaged students with limited access and opportunities.