Hundreds Pack Women in Tech Summit

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The Indy Women in Tech Championship is set for August 16-19 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club. The Indy Women in Tech Championship is set for August 16-19 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club.

The Indy Women in Tech Championship's goal of shining a spotlight on Indy's women tech leaders continues today with the second annual IWiT summit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hundreds are on-hand for this year's event, headlined by Girls Who Code founder and Chief Executive Officer Reshma Saujani. Summit Co-chair M.T. Ray says she hopes today's presentations, panel discussions and report findings will give attendees "actionable takeaways and transparent conversation" about increasing diversity in tech.

Saujani is the founder and CEO on Girls Who Code, which aims to prepare young women for technology jobs and close the gender gap in the industry. She's also the author of "Women Who Don't Wait in Line," which outlines a model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, mentorship and "boldly charting your own course" personally and professionally.

Also at today’s summit, WGU Indiana announced $16,000 in tech scholarships as part of its IvyWorks partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. The state’s online university awarded $10,000 to Liliana Varela-Rodriguez through the IvyWorks program, as well as $2,000 each to Megan Dabney, Adenike Oriolowo and Sophea Chhun.

Today's event marks the second IWiT Summit. Last year's summit featured Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, as well as High Alpha Managing Partner Scott Dorsey and Bridgestone Motorsports Chief Engineer Cara Adams.

The Indy Women in Tech Championship is set for August 16-19 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club.

WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber discussed the event and the scholarships with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman.

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