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Pittsburgh, PA – SDLC Partners, one of Pittsburgh’s largest business and technology consultancies, announces the launch of their Women in Technology (WIT) Network. The committee of female employees and their male colleagues are on a mission to raise awareness and empower regional girls and women, and make SDLC Partners the best place to work for women in Pittsburgh.
Katherine Huber, SDLC’s vice president of consulting services and human resources and the WIT Network executive sponsor, is delighted with WIT’s launch, “It’s great to see our organization become a positive force for female advocacy. The Women in Technology network at SDLC is focused on empowering women, internally and in the Pittsburgh community, to advocate for themselves and each other, alongside their male colleagues, in the workplace.”
SDLC’s Women in Technology Group has 50 female members and six male members and is already active inside the organization and within the region.
Internally, the WIT committee is conducting research with members and female employees, as well as their male ally counterparts. Internal workshops will feature regional business and technology leaders, as well as women who are creating positive change.
Externally, the WIT group participated in STEM Goes Red in November, where committee members participated as mentors to local elementary and high school girls, helping them explore STEM outside the classroom while also learning how to take charge of their health and well-being.
Committee chair, Kim Reed, senior manager of the delivery team at SDLC Partners, is a Pittsburgh fixture on the female empowerment scene as president of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter. She’s excited at the opportunity for positive change, “Women represent only 25 percent of computer science jobs and 16 percent of engineering jobs. Plus, nearly 50 percent of women scientists leave full-time science after their first child with 40 percent leaving any STEM job after starting a family. We want to discover what we can do to make STEM more attractive to girls and support women in STEM careers to stay engaged.”
Chris Simchick, CEO, co-founder, and father of a daughter pursuing post-secondary STEM education, champions for the WIT initiative, stating, “As a technology-focused organization that relies on people at our core, we’re proud that we employ 31 percent women! Launching a women in technology program demonstrates that we believe we can do even better.
We value unique and varied ideas and experiences that can only be achieved through diversifying where those perspectives originate. Our WIT initiative will inform our decisions and help make SDLC Partners one of the best places for all employees, including our female colleagues. The overall impact we have on our clients’ outcomes requires the best minds, working together, regardless of gender.”