Girls In Technology Concludes Inaugural Year; Featured on The UpStart Show™

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Girls in Technology, a program designed to engage, educate and inspire high school girls to the vast array of opportunities available to women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) was featured on The UpStart Show dated May 19. The show takes an in-depth look at the Mentor-Protégé Program, its volunteers, and the companies that sponsor Girls in Technology to make a difference in the community.

Booz Allen Hamilton is committed to fostering a diverse workforce. It’s through diversity that we gain our strength, and we’re concerned by the loss of career appeal technology holds for women. . . [through GIT] we can begin to turn the trend around.

Girls in Technology, a program designed to engage, educate and inspire high school girls to the vast array of opportunities available to women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), today announced the conclusion of its spring session to coincide with a feature program on The UpStart Show. Booz Allen Hamilton sponsored the spring 2011 session by providing the operating funds, facilities, and mentors needed in addition to four scholarships awarded at the Women in Technology Leadership Awards Banquet on May 19.

According to a report published by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the number of women holding computer-related jobs peaked at 36% in 1991, and has been in decline ever since. During the same time period, the number of women holding jobs in other sciences has grown significantly. All told, the decline in women holding technology jobs impacts the vitality of the industry.

“We’re delighted to sponsor the Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program,” states Susan Penfield, senior vice president. “Booz Allen Hamilton is committed to fostering a diverse workforce. It’s through diversity that we gain our strength, and we’re concerned by the loss of career appeal technology holds for women. High school girls tend to be a segment or our society that’s often overlooked and underdeveloped when it comes to STEM. By participating in programs like Girls in Technology, we can begin to turn the trend around, which ultimately strengthens our company, our local economy, and our country.

The spring curriculum featured networking in a professional environment, entrepreneurship, creating and delivering an elevator pitch, and a technology fair that introduced the protégés to the latest technologies Booz Allen Hamilton uses to deliver cutting edge results to their clients.

Girls in Technology fosters personal growth and opens doors for girls across the Metro DC area. The Mentor-Protégé program supplements the local education system by showing young women technologies and career paths they might not otherwise discover. During the first year, Girls in Technology served 50 girls from Montgomery, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, and the City of Manassas. Corporate sponsorships make the program possible.

“We are extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors and volunteers. A program of this scope would not be possible without their generosity,” comments Robin Steis, chair of the Girls in Technology Steering Committee. “Our goal is to show young women what is possible and help them develop life skills needed to architect an academic and professional future in technology. We’re proud of the achievements made by this year’s protégés, and look forward to extending our reach into other counties and municipalities in the Metro DC area later this year.”

Originally a companion program to Women in Technology’s Mentor-Protégé program, Girls in Technology became a stand-alone offering because the needs of high school girls are very different from those of professional women. Lena Nadolinski, one of the young women participating in this year’s Mentor-Protégé program launched her own business at the encouragement of mentors and Steering Committee members. Ms. Nadolinski manufactures jewelry from computer parts.

The UpStart Show, a program that bridges the communities of early stage entrepreneurs and angel/venture capital investors, learned of Ms. Nadolinski’s startup and scheduled a segment to feature the Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program in its spring lineup.

The Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé program will expand in the coming months to reach other counties and municipalities in the Metro DC area. Corporate sponsors and volunteers interested in supporting the program can email info(at)girlsintechnology(dot)net with their interest.

About Girls in Technology:
Girls in Technology (GIT) is led by a subcommittee of Women in Technology (WIT), and is dedicated to instilling confidence and professionalism in high school girls throughout the Metro DC area. The mentors, speakers, and committee members volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of protégés. Through the generosity of corporate sponsorships, GIT was able to begin a stand-alone mentor-protégé program in September 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.girlsintechnology.net.

Contact: Robin Steis, info(at)girlsintechnology(dot)net

About Booz Allen Hamilton:
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services primarily to the U.S. government in the defense, intelligence, and civil markets. Booz Allen Hamilton is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.45 billion for the 12 months ended December 31, 2010.
Contact: Carrie Lake, Lake_Carrie(at)bah(dot)com

About Women in Technology:
Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering women involved in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization's main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models. The organization’s values are embodied in its tag line: Connect. Lead.
Contact: Susan Penfield, Penfield_Susan(at)bah(dot)com

About The UpStart Show:
The UpStart Show™ is a hyper-viral mix of multimedia, entertainment, education and social networking that bridges the communities of early stage entrepreneurs and angel/venture capital investors. During the show, several entrepreneurs deliver a three to five minute business pitch presentation to an evaluator-panel including the show host (Michael P. Binko, managing general partner of Gemini Venture Partners, LLP) and a guest venture capitalist or angel investor. The panel discusses the business plan, the likelihood of success and then provides candid feedback regarding the prospects for the venture funding as well as go-to-market scenarios.
Contact: Michael P. Binko, mbinko[at]kloudtrack.com

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