Women Tech Council’s Annual Fundraiser With Focus on People Helping People
The Women Tech Council was founded in 2007 by Kimberley Jones of Vérité, Cyndi Tetro and Sara Jones as a way to support women in technology. According to WTC’s website, “THE WTC community focuses on a talent-first, High-Performing Culture That Leverages The Impact Of Women And Men.
The Women Tech Council (WTC) is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from K-12 to the C-suite. WTC offers mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on high performance, not diversity, where men and women can succeed. This propels individual careers and the talent pipeline by ensuring a strong, diverse, and entrepreneurial technology workforce.
Verisys’ Megan Svetz, Tannen Ellis-Graham and Heather Gillman have joined the ranks of some of the top technology talent and leadership in the technology community to provide mentoring and leadership to the women in our technology sector, while supporting the business community with top talent resources and human capital.
The Women Tech Council has an annual holiday party / fundraiser and one of the primary beneficiaries is People Helping People. As stated on its website, People Helping People breaks the cycle of poverty for low-income women by teaching them how to earn a living wage. Each single mother who transitions from welfare to self-sufficiency saves our community nearly $20,000 annually.
People Helping People has many programs, mentorships and raises funding to teach low-income women with a focus on single mothers how to earn a living through stable employment that pays a living wage in order to reduce the number of children living in poverty.
Breaking the cycle of poverty is one of the most important initiatives that sustains and supports a thriving economic system. But beyond the sheer numbers of dollars that are saved through keeping families out of the welfare system, each person is entitled to the opportunity to contribute to the community and support her/his family.
The technology sector in Utah suffers from a shortage of workforce. Since much of the economic development focus was to draw technology companies to Utah, such as Adobe, Google, the job market grew exponentially to the amount of available workforce.
The alliance between supporting the unemployed to train and bring them into a technology career is a worthy one.
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