New Partnership Aims to Boost Women in Tech

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Julie Petr is executive director of the Pass The Torch For Women Foundation. Julie Petr is executive director of the Pass The Torch For Women Foundation.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Three groups working to grow the pipeline of women in technology fields are joining forces. During an event Tuesday in Indianapolis that drew 400 attendees, Women & Hi Tech, Indy Women In Tech and Pass The Torch For Women announced a formal partnership.

The collaboration will draw on contributions from each organization, including: Women & Hi Tech's connections through its membership to help grow the presence of women leaders in their field, Indy Women In Tech providing scholarships to further tech education through initiatives like the 1150 Coding Academy in Fishers or the Ivy Tech IvyWorks Program and Pass The Torch For Women Foundation will create a formalized mentoring program for Women & Hi Tech volunteer mentors and IWIT scholarship students.

The organizations say the partnership will address the growing needs of the tech workforce in Indianapolis. "It is essential that our city be able to provide the workforce to meet the increasing employment needs, and with so few women going into technology for their career of choice, we will struggle to meet demand should no action take place. Women are also poorly represented in leadership positions in tech companies, lacking female role models and mentors to help them prepare for professional growth," the organizations said in a news release.

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