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Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians.

  • Amy Botranger
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Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT)

Our mission is to ensure that under-represented groups are fully engaged in computing and information technologies, and to promote innovation that enriches, enhances, and enables these communities, such that more equitable and sustainable contributions are possible by all communities.

Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative

The Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC) unites the technology community to open technology career pathways that inspire, grow and advance a diverse talent pipeline.    We work with businesses, academia and community organizations to achieve our mission.  WISE is our program focused on women in technology.  

  • Kay Read
Chicago Women Developers

Chicago Women Developers

Chicago Women Developers is run by a group of women from a variety of backgrounds and technical expertise, who are all passionate about coding and women in technology.  They want to provide a place where all questions are OK and where everyone can learn in a supportive environment.

  • Melissa Pierce
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Colorado Technology Association

Founded in 1994, the Colorado Technology Association is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the technology industry. Their mission is to foster growth and opportunity for the technology industry by:

  • Engaging and unifying stakeholders to build a strong collective voice to policy makers
  • Driving influential leadership in critical areas: job creation, economic development, innovation
  • Leveraging insights and trends to help businesses optimally perform in a global marketplace
  • Ensuring Colorado’s technology companies are recognized for their leadership and innovation
  • Monica Coughlin
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CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. The CompTIA Advancing Women in IT Community is dedicated to empowering women with the knowledge and skills necessary to help their pursuit of successful IT careers, as well as to inspire women to enter the IT field as a career choice. 

  • Cathy Alper

Computing Research Association (CRA)

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. CRA seeks to strengthen research and advanced education in computing and allied fields. It does this by working to influence policy that impacts computing research, encouraging the development of human resources, contributing to the cohesiveness of the professional community and collecting and disseminating information about the importance and the state of computing research. Mission: Develop a deeper understanding of policy issues and their impact, and work for informed policies involving computing research and computing technology in general. Influence policy related to computing research by improving public and policy maker understanding of the nature and role of such research. Increase the computing community's awareness of and participation in policy issues.

Consumer Technology Association

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

Coolest Women We Know

Coolest Women We Know (CWWK)

Founded in early 2008, Coolest Women is composed of more than 100 women in director-level and above positions representing 90 high-tech companies or companies that serve the high-tech industry.  Coolest Women aims to foster growth, promote leadership, and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among women in high-tech.  Coolest Women also works to increase the interest, participation and leadership of more girls and women in engineering and science.

  • Wendy Bohling
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DC Web Women

DCWW is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit trade association that was created to promote women in Web-related careers. As part of our goal to support the DC tech scene, DCWW also partners with other like-minded local tech and non-tech communities and groups as well as participates in major tech trade shows.

Our vision is to be the #1 Professional Development Organization for Women leaders in Tech in the DMV (DC/VA/MD) with an impetus on five focal areas:

  • Engaging with men as allies - building relationships as men play key role on the personal + professional front.
  • Wellness - integrate healthy lifestyle choices.
  • STEM/STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) - how to position for future in tech.
  • Mentorship through social impact - i) to grow as Executive leaders (soft skills) and ii) give back to the community by targeting Gen Z.
  • Diversity and Inclusion (Women+men of Color) - share challenges, candid advice, inspiration.

To learn more about DCWW, visit us at http://dcwebwomen.org/

  • Sibyl Edwards

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