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New initiative helping to attract, retain more Utah women in STEM majors

Every semester, women walk into college science, technology, engineering and math courses and are the only female in the room.

“You can imagine if you are the only one in the room who looks like you, you might think you’ve made a mistake,” said Jennifer Nielson, the associate dean in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo.

Far fewer women than men take STEM courses at universities, and even fewer will graduate with a STEM degree. About 40 percent of women who start STEM degrees will switch their majors before they graduate, according to Cydni Tetro, the founder and president of the Women Tech Council.

It’s the reason why the Women Tech […]


Design Your Future event; Churros4Change; Warm Bodies, Warm Souls Coat Drive

Design Your Future event coming Nov. 30

The Women Tech Council is hosting its Design Your Future event back by popular demand at 4 p.m. Nov. 30, at Adobe in Lehi, 3900 Adobe Way.

The event will feature Donna Morris, executive vice president of customer and employee experience at Adobe, and Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight. Morris leads the product, customer service, and technical support experience for all Adobe products, in addition to all aspects of human resources and the workplace. Skonnard co-founded Pluralsight in 2004 and has since grown the company to more than 600 employees and 1,500 expert authors.

Morris and Skonnard will help listeners design their future in the midst of Utah’s booming tech growth, […]


USU, tech council encouraging more women to graduate with STEM degrees

When Joanna Boyd arrived at Utah State University several years ago, she thought she wanted to major in statistics because she enjoyed it so much in high school.

But her thoughts about that subject later changed.

“I felt like I got stuck with statistics (because) I’d do the data crunching and that was it — I had to provide those results to someone else,” Boyd said. “Whereas engineering, I get to take those results and actually do something about it.”

So Boyd switched her major to mechanical engineering. Set to graduate next year, she has her mind set on a job in the field at a time when women make up less than a […]


HealthEquity’s Ashley Dreier Honored By The Women Tech Council For Technology Leadership

DRAPER, Utah, Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HealthEquity, Inc. (NASDAQ:HQY), a leading health savings account (HSA) provider, is pleased to announce that its Chief Information and Technology Officer (CTO), Ashley Dreier, received the Technology Leadership Award by the Women Tech Council (WTC), a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector.

WTC’s Women Tech awards recognizes women for their accomplishments in driving innovation, leading technology companies and building the technology economy. In the 10-year history of the program, 190 women in technology and 26 university students have been recognized. Their work has also inspired the future generation through the hundreds of high school and university […]


Diversity of Thought Encouraged, Celebrated at Women Tech Awards

Salt Lake City—As Utah’s tech industry continues its rise, diversity of thought is more important than ever. The Women Tech Council, committed to increasing the presence of women and girls in STEM fields, held their tenth annual awards Friday to highlight the accomplishments of women professionals in tech fields.

“Providing visibility for women in technology is an important catalyst for expanding networks, providing new opportunities and changing organizational cultures,” said Cydni Tetro, Women Tech Council president. “By amplifying the impact these women have in technology through our awards and inclusion of industry leaders such as Safra Catz, we promote their contributions through a platform that showcases and amplifies their impact in the tech community at large.”

The […]


Two Pluralsight Leaders Named Winners at Women Tech Awards

Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, announced that the Women Tech Council named two Pluralsight leaders as winners in the tenth annual Women Tech Awards, a prestigious honor recognizing technology-focused women. Vice President of product Mariah Hay and head of social impact Lindsey Kneuven were recognized as two of Utah’s most powerful technology leaders at a luncheon held on Friday, October 27th, at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel.

Each year, the Women Tech Council recognizes Utah’s finest women who are driving innovation, impacting companies, creating new technologies and inspiring the technology community. During the 10th annual Women in Tech […]


Be brave and ‘go for it,’ Oracle CEO Safra Catz tells Utah women in tech

Oracle CEO Safra Catz had a couple of different answers to a question posed by BYU chemical engineering student Halle Murray: “What are important qualities to be successful?”

“The most important quality is courage,” Catz responded Friday at the Women Tech Council’s 10th annual awards program, which packed the Grand America Hotel’s Grand Ballroom with hundreds of people interested in the thoughts of the woman who help guide the computer-software giant.

“Courage is about doing something new,” she elaborated during a question-and-answer session with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “A lot of people are comfortable doing things the old way — and they […]


Sen. Hatch, Oracle CEO help laud Utah’s women tech leaders

SALT LAKE CITY — While Utah companies continue to struggle in achieving employment equity in the technology sector, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Oracle CEO Safra Catz helped celebrate Utah’s women tech leaders at an awards event Friday.

The Women Tech Awards is a program to “recognize women across all technology disciplines who are trailblazing new paths, leading and founding technology companies, and building innovative tools, technologies and experiences,” according to the Women Tech Council, the Utah-based organization that’s been hosting the event for the past 10 years.

Council co-founder and President Cydni Tetro said while Utah is home to a thriving innovation sector with more than 5,000 companies specializing in tech services and products, statistics reflect the […]


Women Tech Council Recognizes Top Women Technology Leaders

Women Tech Awards with Oracle CEO Safra Catz recognize tech leaders expanding and shaping the technology industry

SALT LAKE CITYOct. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Women Tech Council (WTC) today announced the recipients of the Women Tech Awards, a program to recognize women across all technology disciplines who are trailblazing new paths, leading and founding technology companies, and building innovative tools, technologies and experiences. The program, now in its 10th year, highlighted seven award recipients, 17 finalists and two university students with Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Providing visibility for women in technology is an important catalyst for expanding networks, providing new opportunities and changing organizational cultures,” said Cydni Tetro, Women Tech Council president. “By amplifying the impact […]


2017 Women Tech Awards Celebrates Impactful Women In Salt Lake’s Tech Ecosystem

Two weeks ago, the New York Times featured Salt Lake City in an article. Have a guess at what the article highlighted.

Not the mountains.

Not the skiing.

Not the salty lake.

Not religion.

It was all about Salt Lake’s technology industry.

The Wasatch Front is now known as the Silicon Slopes, as it is one of the top regions in the nation for “Unicorns”, or fast-growth tech startups. “The region has given rise to at least five companies valued at more than $1 billion.”

It’s a great ecosystem to be involved in, whether you’re with a tech company, in government, seeking out venture capitalists, or an entrepreneur. There’s a culture of collaboration within the community. And “the emphasis on family permeates many […]


New WTC Student Innovators program launched; Qualtrics partners with Walkers

The Women Tech Council recently launched the Student Innovators program, also known as WTCSI, to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields and careers. The goal of the Student Innovators program is to help more women complete STEM degrees by integrating students within the industry, provide visibility and leadership opportunities, facilitate mentoring experiences and increase access to workforce pathways.

“With more than 40 percent of the women in STEM degrees dropping out during their second or third year because they lack students, teachers or role models to relate to and engage with, there is an enormous need to support these women,” said Cydni Tetro, president of the Women Tech […]

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