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  • 10/13/2018 5:00 PM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy in its Board of Directors. This person will serve as the Collegiate Outreach Director. We are a volunteer, working board, committed to changing the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all. No box-checkers, please. In other words, we’re looking for someone who is not only passionate about our mission, but is also willing to commit their time and resources to help us achieve that mission.

    We’d also like to emphasize that this position is open to women and men, and that he/she does not need to be located in Indianapolis (but must have the ability to travel to Indianapolis for board meetings, events, and meetings as necessary).

    A description of the role and its responsibilities is listed below. To apply, complete this online form by Monday, November 12. Please share this information with your networks and help us find the next great addition to our board!

    COLLEGIATE OUTREACH DIRECTOR:
    The Collegiate Outreach Director role is a volunteer, voting position on the Board of Directors.

    Term of Office: Two (2) years

    Qualifications:
    The Collegiate Outreach Director has demonstrated a willingness and enthusiasm to work towards the mission of Women & Hi Tech. She/he has demonstrated the ability to positively influence others and the willingness to solicit and obtain substantial financial contributions.

    The Collegiate Outreach Director should have experience in a higher education environment, with special consideration given to those with experience specifically in STEM education. She/he must have knowledge of the changing needs of women and the changing landscape of STEM education, and reflect the interests of the community and Women & Hi Tech members. Additionally, travel to different parts of the state for collegiate engagement will become increasingly important, so this role will require the flexibility/ability to travel.

    All Directors shall be a member in good standing at time of initial voting and must remain in good standing throughout their tenure.

    Responsibilities:

    • Grow collegiate memberships and sponsorships throughout the state of Indiana
    • Increase collegiate attendance (staff and students) at events
    • Identify, manage, and grow community relationships with colleges, universities, and professional development institutions throughout the state of Indiana
    • Understand and communicate involvement with Women & Hi Tech with respect to:
      • Benefits of membership and sponsorship
      • Programming, event and scholarship opportunities
      • Gaining input and feedback to determine how to improve and expand services and programs for collegiate audiences
      • Presenting suggestions to the board for additional programming and events
    • Coordinate with other Directors, especially K-12 Outreach Director, on:
      • Initiatives, activities and programming that reach multiple constituencies
      • Evaluating outreach opportunities for W&HT, whether from outside the organization or proposed internally, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for their action
    •  Plan and execute events targeted towards our collegiate members within approved budget
    • Lead initiatives and communications involving collegiate and professional development scholarships
    • Attend Executive Women Forum, Networking Events, and Leading Light Awards
    • Participate in panel discussions and other events as a representative of Women & Hi Tech
    • Participate, as much as possible, on Women & Hi Tech service or advisory committees

    Time Commitment:

    • 5 – 15 hours per month
    • Board members are expected to attend twelve (12) one and a half hour-long board meetings per year, typically held on the first Wednesday of the month from 11:30am-1:00pm downtown Indianapolis

  • 10/13/2018 5:00 PM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is seeking candidates for a new committee, focused on supporting our community outreach efforts, and strengthening and growing our presence at community and industry events.

    The committee will be comprised of 3-4 individuals (women and men), and reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors (although this may change in the future).

    To apply, complete this online form by Monday, November 12. Please share this information with your networks and help us create a fantastic committee to help us better serve women in STEM in Indiana.

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEMBER:
    The committee member role is a volunteer position that holds no voting rights.

    Term: (1) year

    Qualifications:
    Candidates must demonstrate a willingness and enthusiasm to work towards the mission of Women & Hi Tech. They have the ability to positively influence others.
    Ideal candidates have experience in event planning and management, with special consideration given to those with experience specifically in STEM-related fields. Candidates must have flexibility in their schedule to accommodate booth setup/teardown at various times of day, ranging from early morning to late evening. All candidates must be members in good standing and must remain in good standing throughout their time on the committee.

    Responsibilities:
    Phase I – Initially, responsibilities will include:

    • Coordination, delivery, setup and tear down of the Women & Hi Tech booth for various events, including K-12 outreach events, collegiate outreach events, networking events, women’s events, industry-specific events, etc.
    • Coordinate with Volunteer Director to provide trained members or board members to staff the booth
    • Store and manage booth materials
      • Includes dry cleaning table covers, re-stocking candy, and keeping an accurate inventory of all items
    • Maintain booth calendar
    • Purchase new equipment with board approval
    • Participate in a monthly call
    Phase II – Once the committee is up and running, it will also be responsible for: 
    • Looking for opportunities to be present at STEM-related events throughout Indiana
    Time Commitment:
    • 5 hours per month
  • 10/05/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    The Leading Light Awards were held on October 4, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and celebrated the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event was emceed by Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business.

    Women & Hi Tech President and Director of Accounts for Metonymy Media, Darcy Lee, welcomed attendees to the gala and spoke of the 19-year history of Women & Hi Tech serving girls and women in STEM in Indiana. Jo Basey was awarded the inaugural Gustafson-Miller Change the Landscape Award for her lifelong contributions to women in STEM and Information Technology, and Lisa Laughner, President & CEO of Go Electric, was awarded the Barnes & Thornburg Hi-Tech Woman of the Year award for outstanding achievements over the course of her career – and recent successes with Go Electric.

    The evening included remarks from honored guest Blair Milo, Indiana’s Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, and featured presenters from Eli Lilly and Company, Rolls-Royce, Barnes & Thornburg, Salesforce, Pass the Torch for Women, IUPUI’s Kelley School of Business, Indiana State University, Eleven Fifty Academy, and IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie.

    Winners announced during the event include:

    • Women & Hi Tech Undergraduate Scholarship - Sheetal Prasanna, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
    • Women & Hi Tech Graduate Scholarship - Monica Olson, Purdue University
    • Women & Hi Tech Professional Development Scholarship - Candace Studebaker, Science Central (Fort Wayne)
    • Women & Hi Tech Professional Development Scholarship - Noelle King, St. Richards Episcopal School
    • SIM Indy Leading the Future Scholarship - Melissa Beer, BS, Mathematics - Quantitative Analysis, Franklin College
    • Mentor Me! - Jan Allen, Roche
    • Risk Taker - Dr. Lakshmi Sastry Dent, Corteva Agriscience - Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
    • Rising Star - Dr. Debby Basu, American Society for Clinical Pathology
    • You Inspire Us! - Dr. Carlotta Berry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    • Outstanding Educator in STEM - Sara Roberts, Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County
    • Outstanding Achievement in STEM - Dr. Carla Klittich, Corteva Agriscience - Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
    • Leadership - Meagan Rater, Rolls-Royce
    • Barnes & Thornburg Woman of the Year - Lisa Laughner, Founder, CEO & President, Go Electric Inc.
    • Gustafson-Miller Change the Landscape Award - Jo Basey, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Indiana Business Research Center (Retired)

  • 09/12/2018 9:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Leading Light Awards. The number of award nominees is up 25% from 2016.  In addition, the expansion of scholarship categories to include professional development as well as undergraduate and graduate scholarships has increased the number of scholarship nominees by over 50% from 2016.  The full list of award and scholarship nominees can be found online at womenandhitech.org/2018-LLA-Nominees

    The Leading Light Awards recognizes and celebrates women of achievement in STEM- women who are innovators in their industries, and have shown expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage, and tenacity throughout their careers.
     
    "We’re thrilled that this year’s award nominees represent a vast array of women in STEM in Indiana. Although there will only be one winner in each of the seven award categories, an important part of the evening is celebrating and recognizing the achievements of all the nominees, because each and every one of them is making an impact in their field," said Ali Hromis, Leading Light Awards Director of Women & Hi Tech.

    Winners will be announced during a ceremony and gala emceed by Gerry Dick on Thursday, October 4, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom – Indianapolis.

    During the ceremony, Women & Hi Tech will award at least two $5,000 scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM-related fields. Additionally, and new to 2018, two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to women looking to take their careers to the next level or to change the direction of their career.

    Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech, remarked, "By focusing on women pursuing higher education in Indiana with intent to stay in Indiana, we’re really helping to ensure a strong talent pipeline. We’re re-investing in our community and supporting girls and women in STEM at all stages of their careers."

    For more information about the Leading Light Awards, please visit our website at womenandhitech.org/2018-LLA-Overview.

  • 09/07/2018 1:00 PM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Mentorship is an important way to contribute to women’s growth and success, and to help increase the presence of female leaders in STEM fields. In partnering with Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW), Women & Hi Tech is pleased to provide opportunities for mentorship (including mentoring certification programs), networking and leadership training to its members through three key programs:

    Project Grow – female college students receive mentoring and leadership development opportunities to keep them on their path of completing their education goals, and to propel them in their careers post-graduation. Many of the students the Foundation serves are 21st Century Scholars.    

    Developing Professionals –professional women in the entry-level to mid-level of their career are paired with an executive mentor while also serving as a mentor to a student, with additional opportunities for networking and sharing best practices with others in the community.   

    500 Circle – senior female and male executives serve as mentors in both the Project Grow and Developing Professionals programs, support Pass the Torch for Women’s programming initiatives, connect with other executives to share best practices, participate in peer mentoring, and support Pass the Torch for Women Foundation through tax-deductible contributions.    

    Mentors are paired with mentees three times per year, at one hour per month (either by phone or in person), with a minimum 4-month commitment. Pass the Torch is currently accepting applications for mentors and mentees for the October 2018 – January 2019 mentorship period.

    “Through this partnership, and with the participation of our members, we can support women throughout their career lifecycle; and attract, retain and grow women in STEM fields in Central Indiana.” -- Darcy Lee, President, Women & Hi Tech

    To sign up to become a mentor/mentee* or to learn more, please contact:

    Erica Williams-Orzulak
    Client Success Manager
    Pass the Torch for Women Foundation
    (877) 796-1592
    erica@passthetorchforwomen.org

    * Members of Women & Hi Tech should be sure to mention they are members when reaching out to Pass the Torch for Women. 

  • 07/25/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)
    "I'm super excited and honored to be a winner of a 2018 Tech25 Award", said Lori Boyer, Communications Director for Women & Hi Tech.  "It's amazing to be included with such an outstanding group of individuals from the Indianapolis tech community.”  Now in its fourth year, the Tech 25 Awards honor a prestigious selection of twenty-five individuals who are critical and exceptional performers helping to grow our community’s tech and tech-enabled companies, but who — not being the CEO or other top executives — don’t get celebrated publicly as often. 

    "In addition to her job as a .NET Developer, Lori is a tech leader who works tirelessly every day as a member of our Board of Directors to give other women and girls in Indiana opportunities in STEM fields," said Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech. "Her passion for the work we do is admirable, and we're very proud of her achievements! She is most definitely an exceptional performer helping to grow our tech community."

    For more information on the TechPoint Tech25, please go to their website at https://techpoint.org/2018/07/techpoint-announces-class-of-2018-tech-25-winners/.

  • 07/16/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce that Gerry Dick will emcee the 2018 Leading Light Awards on October 4, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Gerry is the host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, Indiana's only statewide television business program.  Of his many accolades, Gerry has been awarded the state’s top honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, three times, by Governors Kernan, Daniels and Pence. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick has received an EMMY four times for best interview/discussion program/series or special.

    "Gerry is a visionary who has had a tremendous impact on the state of Indiana. He’s been a longtime supporter of Women & Hi Tech," said Darcy Lee, President of Women & Hi Tech. "As we push forward in our mission to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all, we need male allies like Gerry to facilitate change in our workplaces, and our culture. We’re honored to have him emcee the 2018 Leading Light Awards."

    The Leading Light Awards recognize and celebrate women of achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - women who are innovators in their industries, and have shown expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage, and tenacity throughout their careers.  Women & Hi Tech also supports the next generation of women in STEM through scholarships (undergraduate, graduate, and professional development scholarships).  For more information about the Leading Light Awards, please visit our 2018 LLA Overview page

  • 07/13/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    On June 30, 2018, Audrey's year-long presidency of Women & Hi Tech came to a close, but not after quite an exciting and eventful year of working toward our goal of changing the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all. 

    Read the open letter to Women & HI Tech from Audrey

  • 07/11/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Angela was recently announced as a member of Class XLIII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Series® (SKL).  SKL is a 10-month flagship program that is organized by Leadership Indianapolis and brings together 25 emerging leaders annually to learn about the issues that drive Indiana.  Rebecca King, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis stated “we are proud to support these emerging leaders and their key role in Central Indiana’s future. Our community will be strengthened by their passion, insight, and leadership.”  John Lechleiter, former President and CEO of Eli Lilly & Co. will serve as Moderator for SKL Class XLIII. 

    For more information about SKL please go to their website at http://www.leadershipindianapolis.org/portfolio/skl/   

  • 07/01/2018 8:00 AM | Lori Boyer (Administrator)

    Women & Hi Tech is pleased to announce the Board of Directors for the term that commenced July 1, 2018. 

    Elected Officers of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:

    • President:  Darcy Lee, Director of Accounts & Business Development, Metonymy Media
    • President-Elect:  Angela B. Freeman, Intellectual Property/Patent Attorney, Barnes & Thornburg LLP 
    • Treasurer: Bobbie LaFollette, Senior Business Analyst, Baker Hill
    • Secretary:  Kelly Ragle, Project Coordinator, Pondurance

    Elected Directors of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:

    • Communications Director: Lori Boyer, Software Applications Developer, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    • Corporate Engagement Director: Rebecca Bormann, Managing Director of Sales and Services, Bell Techlogix, Inc.
    • Executive Women's Forum Director: Linda Hicks, Vice President of Midwest Operations for ECC Horizon
    • Individual Membership Director: Wendy Maple, Outreach Consultant, netlogx
    • Leading Light Awards Director: Ali Hromis, Release Manager, Salesforce
    • Membership Administrator: Carol Ganz, Director of Client Experiences, Six Feet Up, Inc.
    • Networking Events Director: Maria Alvim-Gaston, Principal Research Scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Outreach - Collegiate Director: Barbara J. Alder, Director, Office of Engagement for Metropolitan Indianapolis, Purdue University
    • Outreach - K - 12 Director: Janette Allen, Manager Requirements Analysis and Engineering, Roche
    • Past President: Audrey Taylor, Founder and CEO, netlogx
    • Volunteer Director: Karen Harris, Vice President & Information Officer Manufacturing and Quality, Eli Lilly and Company

    Elected Emeritus of the Women & Hi Tech Board of Directors:
    • Jo Basey, Retired, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
    • Angie Engel, Sales Executive, Perficient
    • Gail Farnsley, Senior Executive Partner, Gartner
    • Deb Hallberg, Business Development Manager for Industry Groups, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    • Tonya Hanshew, Founder & CEO, Write 4 the Win, LLC
    • Rajinder Heir, Enterprise Security Program Consultant, Information Services Agency, City of Indianapolis | Marion County
    • Melissa Lavella, Quality Supervisor, Roche
    • Patsy Lentz, Retired Business Development Professional
    • Jayne Merryman, Enterprise Account Executive, Dell EMC
    • Jane Richardson, IT Strategy and Corporate Strategic Alignment Leader, Cummins Inc.
    • Tiffany Trusty, President, Trusty Applications and Android Architect, Eli Lilly and Company
    • Susan Vaughn, CEO, The Project Authority
    • Tiffany White, Head of DaVinci, Rolls-Royce

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