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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 (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

Cyber & STEAM Global Innovation Alliance (CSTGIA)

LLC moving to non-profit status in the future. Supports the CYBER and STEAM community  where we engage, empower, inform, recognize and support our youth, WOMEN, and male CYBER and STEAM members, partners, and the broader GLOBAL innovation-oriented community.

Our goals is to serve 1,000,000 members and partners globally. In addition to providing unique professional development opportunities we also work to drive  awareness of the ongoing need for and participation within CYBER and STEAM arenas, including policy, legislation, curriculum, methodologies, frameworks, and supporting programs, tools, and technologies.

Rhonda Ferrell

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

DiverseScholar

The mission of the DiverseScholar non-profit is to diversify the workforce in the STEM disciplines, science communication profession, and tech industry. We accomplish the latter by advocacy at the conferences of AlterConf, Open Source Bridge, Latino Startup Alliance, Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (LATISM), and the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. We make a special effort to bridge the gap between the separate diversity initiatives happening in academia versus the general public/workforce. Finally, our diversity activities in the Open Source Software community connect organizations such as Outreachy and OpenHatch to coders/scientists of color at the Tapia and SACNAS conferences.

Alberto Roca

EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE actively engages with colleagues and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology. We help those who lead, handle, and use information technology to craft strategic decisions at every level. Through various programs and activities, EDUCAUSE and its members provide thought leadership on major issues. We help clarify the current environment, document effective practices, and highlight how emerging trends and technologies may influence the evolution of IT in higher education.

Twila Alexander

Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup

Flatirons LGBTQ Tech Meetup is a Boulder, CO-based professional group that supports and empowers individuals and organizations working towards increasing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender diversity awareness and inclusion within local tech startup communities. Everyone is welcome to join. As a group of professionals, we organize events in partnership with local LGBTQ- and diversity-focused educational and nonprofit organizations as well as local tech startup companies. We meet at least 1x/month and stay connected through a sponsored online meetup group.

 

Sarah Brown

Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It is a nationwide nonprofit leading the industry-wide movement to get more women into technology careers today. GDI provides affordable in-person classes for adult women (18+) to learn to code in a judgment-free learning environment through chapters in 45 cities and growing.

Girl Geek Dinners

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.

Sarah Lamb, Barbara Flores,

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