TechPoint has named Emily Trimble the Indy Women in Tech program manager. She previously served as campus director for The Iron Yard Indianapolis. Trimble joined The Iron Yard in 2015, where she built relationships from the ground up with hiring managers, software developers and engineers and executives at tech companies in and around Indianapolis. She recruited students, managed their education paths and developed demo days to showcase the work of her students. Trimble also previously recruited tech-skilled talent for tech companies through her role at Vitamin T, a talent agency with a focus on web and graphic designers, front-end developers, UX/UI developers and more. She also contributed articles to TechPoint on the topic of prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indy’s tech industry.

Indy Women in Tech Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to inspire women and female students of all ages to pursue opportunities in the technology field of their choice. Specifically, they partner with allied organizations to recruit women to work and study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as provide the necessary financial support, training, and education. TechPoint has formed a partnership with the Indy Women in Tech Foundation to intentionally focus on further understanding the workforce need and existing programs, develop relationships with all stakeholders, propose solutions, and coordinate stakeholders, program providers, and participants.

As part of her role, Trimble will work to educate employers about the process and needs of potential candidates and will serve as an advocate for each woman within the IWiT membership by operating as a coach and connector between each woman, potential employers, mentors, and other valuable supporting partners. 

IWiT is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College, Eleven Fifty Academy, and TechPoint to develop comprehensive workforce transition strategies that are applicable to women in various stages of their career. Those who apply for IWiT membership will speak with Trimble to understand which of these career paths is right for them.

Ivy Tech Community College is launching IvyWorks in partnership with IWiT. Courses will be offered in the following areas: IT Support; Software Development; and Business Operations, Applications, and Technology. IvyWorks gives adult learners the support they need to earn industry-backed credentials and build a career in Indiana’s fastest-growing technology fields. The program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners balancing school, work and family obligations. IvyWorks provides strategic professional development, business networking and wraparound support, so that participants can earn their degree and excel in their career. IWiT provided a grant that will support women in the IvyWorks program with classes starting Fall of 2017.

IWiT has also partnered with Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit technology academy that provides an immersive learning experience designed for new coders. Offering 12-week accelerated learning programs for .NET, JavaScript and Java and headquartered in Fishers, Eleven Fifty empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to launch, change, and enhance their careers. The mission of Eleven Fifty Academy is to close the nation’s growing technology skills gap by cultivating a wealth of technical talent that benefits the individual, their employer, and their community. A recent grant from IWiT will allow a unique cohort of women to begin Java classes in June.

In addition to the workforce transition strategies, IWiT is focusing on K-12 robotics initiatives, a STEM day at the University of Indianapolis campus on August 17 with Women & Hi Tech and Conner Prairie, and the inaugural Indy Women in Tech LPGA Championship at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Brickyard Crossing golf course. IWiT will use the national and global vehicle of the LPGA to showcase Indianapolis as a viable tech hub destination and show LPGA event attendees (40,000+) to the wonders of STEM and prospect of a career in STEM.

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