Women Tech Council Opens Registration for SheTech, largest STEM activation program for high school girls

SALT LAKE CITYJan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council today opened registration for SheTech 2018, a program that activates, engages and inspires high school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on experience and mentoring.

The SheTech Explorer Day event on March 1 will draw more than 2,500 girls from across Utah to earn industry certifications, problem solve with mentors and explore STEM careers through activities like robotics, virtual reality, coding, 3D modeling and engineering. Over 100 tech companies will help students gain skills, confidence and inspiration to pursue STEM careers.

“When young women can experience technology first hand, they see their potential to create impact in the technology industry,” said Cydni Tetro, […]


Is your daughter good at science and math? This new report may worry you

SALT LAKE CITY — Women employed in science, technology, engineering and math may make more money than people in other fields, but they are professionally hobbled by gender discrimination when they work primarily with men, a new report says.

The report, released Tuesday by Pew Research Center, paints a troubling picture of how women believe they are treated in some of the best-paid and fastest-growing segments of the workplace.

More than three-quarters of women who work in STEM fields at male-dominated workplaces report experiencing at least one type of gender discrimination, ranging from being turned down for a job to making less than a man for […]


5 goals that will make your business grow in 2018

By: Stacia Barton, SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah)


Our Tech Innovators Series continues with the Women Tech Council, where every month we talk about the tools, resources and skills that entrepreneurs need to turn their million-dollar ideas into thriving businesses and life-changing products. Cydni Tetro, President of the Women Tech Council, and LaRae Wright, Co-Founder of SWP Enterprises, joined Nicea DeGering with some resolutions you should be making for your business. These resolutions can be put in place regardless of the size to help your million-dollar idea really take off this year.

Cydni explains there are five key goals or resolutions entrepreneurs should make to propels their businesses and ideas to the next level in 2018. They are:

1. Find mentors or […]


‘Quite a big change for Utah’: Businesses promise to interview at least one woman for top-level jobs

There are no women on the 11-member executive team that leads Overstock.com, a Utah-based online store that sells designer brands and home goods.

On its board, a woman serves as chair. There are several women on its vice presidential team. But there are no women at the senior vice president level and above.

In a step toward changing that gender imbalance, Overstock.com has joined at least 27 other Utah-based companies in signing the ParityPledge — a vow to interview at least one qualified woman for all openings at the vice president level and higher, including the board of […]


Utah tech business leaders say harassment issues undercut diversity efforts

SALT LAKE CITY — The recent maelstrom of highly publicized sexual harassment allegations have left few business categories unscathed, but a series of incidents that implicated some mega tech companies, and their CEOs, have cast a pall over an industry already struggling to build diversity in its ranks.

Amid the turmoil, however, some see an opportunity to take the first steps toward a paradigm shift that could lead to better, fairer and safer workplaces for all, while also boosting the ranks of women in a sector that is finding challenges in hiring qualified workers to fuel its explosive growth.

“Winston Churchill said, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste,'” said Utah Technology Council Board […]


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 […]

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