'Risk-Taking Females' Team Up For 500

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Audrey Taylor (left) and Pippa Mann (right) Audrey Taylor (left) and Pippa Mann (right)
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An Indianapolis women's tech organization is partnering with IndyCar driver Pippa Mann to shine a spotlight on opportunities for women in STEM and entrepreneurship careers. Women & Hi Tech President Audrey Taylor, who also founded Indianapolis-based information technology firm netlogx, says it's a natural partnership with a female entrepreneur who is "blazing a trail" for women in racing and STEM. Mann and Taylor spoke with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman during practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to her racing career, Mann works as an instructor for multiple racing schools and co-founded an all-female karting team called Team Empower. She is looking to qualify for her seventh Indianapolis 500, racing with Donate Life Indiana as her primary sponsor.

netlogx is also sponsoring Mann's car. The information technology and risk management firm, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, says the partnership reflects the company's strategy of supporting and promoting women in STEM. Taylor says she was drawn to Pippa Mann and Dale Coyne Racing in part because of her long-time commitment to women-led initiatives and businesses in central Indiana. She says in racing, Pippa Mann is a "woman in a man's world," which reminds Taylor of her own experience in the tech industry.

Mann has worked with the organization before as part of its "Ignite Your Superpower!" initiative. Last year, Mann and fellow racer and entrepreneur Sarah Fisher took part in the group's event at the University of Indianapolis designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math for 600 middle school girls.

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