IU First Lady Part of Women-Focused Tech Event

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(Image of Laurie Burns McRobbie courtesy of Indiana University.) (Image of Laurie Burns McRobbie courtesy of Indiana University.)

Indiana University First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie says she hopes attendees at Thursday's Launch(ed) Women in Technology event at Launch Fishers will take away an understanding of how welcoming and supportive the state's tech scene is for women and young girls. She will join a number of executives throughout the state including Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb, Elevate Ventures Chief Investment Officer Ting Gootee and keynote speaker Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Burns McRobbie says, though a lot of progress is being made on big issues related to women and girls involvement in tech and entrepreneurship, there's work to be done. She says she recognizes there is still a gender gap in technology fields, startups and available investment. However, she says educators like Indiana University can play a role in creating a solution by making sure young people "are equipped with the skills and knowledge that they need and that when we're educating and encouraging young women -- and even mid-career women, for that matter -- in their career aspirations that they have to gain those technical skills and that they feel confident in the application of those skills, because they are so necessary in the jobs of today and the jobs of the future."

Burns McRobbie is a founder of the Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council at the Indiana University Foundation and has an extensive educational and technology background.

Launch(ed) Women event will take place Thursday from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Launch Fishers. additional participants include Fishers First Lady Aunna Fadness, MIRA Tech Teacher of the Year Award winner Julie Alano and Critique co-founder Tiffany Roman. You can connect to more about the networking and presentation-focused event by clicking here.

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