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Women-in-tech nonprofit expands into West Michigan

September 15, 2016
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The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, or MCWT, has more than 700 members. Photo via fb.com

A Dearborn-based nonprofit focused on advancing women in technology has expanded to West Michigan.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, or MCWT, said last month that it has expanded to develop the nonprofit’s presence in West Michigan.

Meijer, Open Systems Technologies, Gordon Food Service and Spectrum Health have joined the nonprofit as sponsors.

MCWT President Cindy Warner said to become the top state for women in technology, the nonprofit needed to expand beyond its home base in metro Detroit and develop an “enthusiastic” and “dedicated” volunteer base that will bring the organization’s K-16 programming to the region.

Rob Geer, mission director of MCWT in West Michigan, said businesses and entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo have already committed to building a more diverse IT industry in the region.

GR plans

MCWT will build its Grand Rapids network by partnering with organizations that have a stake in developing a pipeline of IT talent.

Additionally, it will host a number of events in the market, including several this fall.

  • A private screening of “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” on Sept. 30 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Calvin College’s Bytwek Theater
  • A Girls Rock IT program on Oct. 15
  • A ConnectNet social scheduled for this fall

MCWT

With more than 700 members and an active core of volunteers, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation provides support to women in the IT industry at all stages of their careers.

The nonprofit supports Michigan’s female IT workforce and the overall community to make Michigan the top state for women in technology.

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