WiTT News

  • Tue, October 26, 2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the first recipients of our K-12 Teacher Grant! 

    Amanda McBride and Jennifer McIntyre will both use the grant to purchase STEM equipment for their classrooms and students.

    Amanda McBride, teacher at the Bedford County Learning Academy, will use the K-12 Teacher Grant to purchase a Hummingbird Kit.

    Incorporating project-based learning with the kits will help students practice problem solving and team work," McBride said. "When students are actively engaging and designing from their own ideas, they are more interested learning.”

    Jennifer McIntyre, teacher at Goodlettsville Middle School, will use the K-12 Teacher Grant to purchase a Sphero Mini Education Pack.

    Spheros provide a variety of STEM activities," McIntyre said. "We can use the Engineering Design Process to solve challenges.  Students can create challenges, games, learn simple coding, then move on to more complex coding.”

     WiTT has committed up to $10,000 annually towards a new WiTT K-12 Teacher Grant. The grant is designed to support Middle Tennessee K-12 teachers apply innovative ideas in the classroom that foster interest in technology and technology careers. Through this program, teachers may submit funding requests related to professional development activities, such as conferences or certifications, or requests related to classroom supplies, like Raspberry Pi computers or Dot & Dash robots. Our hope is that by investing in our teachers and supplying needed tools in the classroom, we are investing in our future and helping to influence the next generation of women in technology. 

    Please share this opportunity with educators you know! The next deadline December 1. For more information and to apply, click here.

  • Tue, September 14, 2021 7:32 AM | Anonymous

    Women in Technology of Tennessee has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to establish an endowment designed to further the educational opportunities for women in the technology industry. 

    Since 1999, Women in Technology of Tennessee has provided scholarships to local female students pursuing technology-related degrees and programs, awarding over $225,000 in scholarships in their twenty-one year history. The establishment of an endowment marks the first major investment by the non-profit, which is operated by a volunteer board of directors made of mostly female IT professionals in the Nashville area. 

    The endowment will fund scholarships annually to support local women pursuing four-year degree programs in technology, bringing more gender diversity to the IT industry in Middle Tennessee.

    “Establishing this endowment is a significant milestone for WiTT and ensures female students will receive support and encouragement to pursue a technology education for generations,” says WiTT President Meg Chamblee. “We are so grateful to our members and sponsors for making this possible.”

    Working with the Community Foundation brings hope that scholarships can be awarded for years to come, reflecting WiTT’s intentions and goals as an organization. 

    “Getting an education is one of the most important milestones in life, but for many, it comes with a great burden,” says Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We feel honored to help students receive a quality education, made possible by donors who wish to make a difference. It is a privilege to connect generosity with need in this way."

    About Women in Technology of Tennessee

    Women in Technology of Tennessee connects women with a community that believes in and advocates for them. Through education, networking, scholarships and community outreach, WiTT promotes women in technology and helps carve a path for the next generation.

    To learn more about WiTT, visit wittn.org.

    ​​About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

    The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable endeavors. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

  • Fri, July 30, 2021 8:01 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for a new opportunity or know someone who is? Explore these open positions from our partners.

    Alliance Bernstein: Fixed Income Implementation Specialist

    Asurion: Application Security Engineer 3

    CGI: Project Manager

    Jackson: Lead Cloud Solutions Engineer

    Jackson: Lead Web Solutions Developer

    Jackson: Senior Usability Analyst

    L3 Harris: Sr Specialist, Software Engineer

    L3 Harris: Lead, Systems Engineer 

    Palo Alto Networks: Project Manager, Professional Services

    UDig: Senior .NET Software Engineer

    UDig: Intelligent Automation Engineer 

    VUMC: Senior IT Project Manager

    VUMC: Application Analyst

  • Tue, June 29, 2021 7:31 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for a new opportunity or know someone who is? Explore these open positions from our partners.

    Asurion: Senior Product Designer

    CGI: Senior Data and Analytics Engineer

    Insight: Senior .NET Developer

    Insight: Senior Data Architect

    Palo Alto Networks: Systems Engineer

    Smile Direct Club: Software Engineering Manager, Frontend

    Smile Direct Club: Senior Software Quality Analyst

    UDig: .NET Software Engineer

    VUMC: IT Project Manager

    VUMC: Product Manager

    Wellpath: Data Analyst

  • Mon, June 28, 2021 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    We had an outstanding group of girls join us for our Girls Who Tech three-day program last week! The program was designed to inform girls about technology-driven changes shaping our futures and inspire them to be a part of that change.

    To see the photos from the program, visit our Facebook page here.

    Thank you to the community members who helped us provide a successful learning experience for our students. We want to extend a special thank you to Schneider Electric who sponsored our STEM kits!

    Speakers: Jude Hammoud, Megan McGee, Charlie Apigian, Alishah Novin, Josh Adams, Jessica Osekowsky

    Volunteers: Emra Haskic, Megan Davis, Tamarra Tunstall, Amanda Bell, Alyson Cutter-Hinkle, Farzan Abdi, Lurleen Sargent and Julie Danielson

    Schnieder Electric Volunteers: Sarah Beck, Dee Glass, Scott Landon, Nurulwahida Jamaludin, Audrey Obrien and Christine Rodgers

    Learn more about WiTT's outreach efforts here: https://www.wittn.org/Outreach

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    The WiTT Diversity Scholarship was created to enhance diversity in our Middle Tennessee community by supporting a female student in our community from a traditionally underrepresented minority within IT that intends to pursue a career in a technology-related field. This year, WiTT is thrilled to announce Genevieve Jean-Pierre as the inaugural first place winner of the WiTT Diversity Scholarship. She received a $5,000 scholarship for her win.

    Genevieve, a graduate of Martin Luther King Jr Magnet High School, will be majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Artificial Intelligence at Duke University this fall. Throughout her high school career, Genevieve has been involved in several extracurricular activities that helped her explore her passions around technology including working as an Interdisciplinary Science Research Student for the School For Science And Math At Vanderbilt and acting as a Youth Science Educator for the Adventure Science Center.

    Genevieve’s goal is to create applications and technology that benefit people, especially marginalized communities, by lessening the gap in income, opportunity, and healthcare. In Genevieve’s own words, “Thank you for helping me pursue my dreams to create advances in medical technology!”  

    In addition to the first place scholarship, Noora Hama, freshman at Lipscomb University pursuing a major in Data Science, and Emra Haskic, junior at Middle Tennessee State University pursuing a major in information systems, received $2500 Runner Up Scholarships.

    To learn more about all of WiTT’s scholarship opportunities, please visit https://www.wittn.org/scholarships/.

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 7:41 AM | Anonymous

    In partnership with the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt, Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) is excited to announce Sydney Simmons the inaugural recipient of the Vanderbilt Data Science Master’s Program Scholarship. This generous scholarship provides a 50% tuition scholarship for a female WiTT member who has been accepted into the Data Science master’s program at Vanderbilt.

    “WiTT is proud to support the educational and career advancement of women in technology with this new scholarship, and Sydney Simmons is a very deserving recipient for this award,” said Elise Holmes, WiTT Scholarship Director.

    Simmons spent the past five years in the Risk Management division of Morgan Stanley in New York. During that time, she saw real-world, consequential decisions being made from stress loss data and experienced the power of data analysis in shaping opinions and judgment, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spurred by the power of data when effectively communicated, her curiosity eventually led her to apply for the Data Science Master’s Program at Vanderbilt and join WiTT to begin building connections within the Nashville community.

    “Networking and community outreach are two pillars of the WiTT mission that resonate with me from my past experience, and I look forward to bringing into my future. I know that I cannot achieve my ambitious intentions without the technological skills I hope to gain at Vanderbilt and the community of supportive females that encourage networking and sharing opportunities that I hope to engage with through WiTT,” said Simmons.

    The Data Science Master’s Program Scholarship is made possible through the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt. The program is designed to be computationally intensive, with a focus on statistical principles while remaining accessible to students with broad educational backgrounds. The degree has a strong interdisciplinary flavor, encourages students to interact with faculty across campus and work with data on topics they are passionate about, and connects to Nashville’s growing data science emphasis in the health care and technology sectors.

    “We look forward to seeing all that Sydney will accomplish during and after the completion of her data science master’s degree through the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt,” said Holmes.

    To date, WiTT has awarded over $200,000 in scholarship opportunities to help women returning to school, as well as high school and college girls, succeed in technology-related fields. For more information about this and other scholarships, visit the WiTT website.

    About Vanderbilt’s Data Science Master’s Program

    The data science master’s program at Vanderbilt University is designed to be computationally intensive, with a focus on statistical principles while remaining accessible to students with broad educational backgrounds. The degree has a strong interdisciplinary flavor, encourages students to interact with faculty across campus and work with data on topics they are passionate about, and connects to Nashville’s growing data science emphasis in the health care and technology sectors. To learn more about the program, visit the Data Science Institute website.

    About WiTT

    Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) is a volunteer organization and community which equips women to shape the future of technology. Founded in 1999 as a small group of female leaders in the Nashville area, the organization has grown to include hundreds of members who seek to promote women in technology in four key areas: through scholarships, education, community outreach and networking. Thanks to its members, corporate sponsors and generous donations, WiTT has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to advance the next generation of women tech leaders. To learn more, visit WiTT’s website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  • Fri, May 28, 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Looking for a new opportunity or know someone who is? Explore these open positions from our partners.

    VUMC: Application Analyst

    VUMC: Senior DevOps Google Cloud Engineer 

    UDig: .NET Software Engineer 

    Palo Alto Networks: District Sales Manager, SD-WAN – South

    Insight: Senior .NET Developer

    Insight: Principal Xamarin Forms Developer

    Asurion: Product Security Engineer

    Alliance Bernstein: Senior C++ Developer

    Vanderbilt University: Associate Director, Career Management Center Coach, MBA and Data Science Institute

    l3harris: DevSecOPs Lead

    l3harris: Sr Specialist, Business Systems Analyst

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