For nearly 20 years, Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) has promoted women in technology through scholarships, community outreach, networking, and education. In that time, WiTT has grown from a small group of local leaders to a community of over 200 women in all areas of tech, including technologists, programmers, business analysts, project managers, IT recruiters, and tech saleswomen.
“We’ve grown entirely through word-of-mouth,” said Marla Lamont, President of WiTT, “and that is encouraging! It tells us there is a real need for what we are doing.”
WiTT serves Middle Tennessee by providing scholarships to women in high school, college, and adult education programs, which enables the recipients to pursue technology-related careers. They are also invited to join WiTT’s community at no cost. Through partnerships with local businesses and educational institutions, such as Tractor Supply Company, Adventure Science Center, Jackson National, CGI, and Golden Spiral, WiTT will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships this year to women pursuing degrees at Nashville Software School, Tennessee Tech, Lipscomb University, Nashville State Community College, MTSU, and Columbia State.
Members continue their community outreach through WiTT’s community events. Monthly meetings will feature a subject matter expert, a local tech executive, or a full panel of female tech experts covering subjects from IT security to cryptocurrency to leadership in technology.
“Women are able to make a real connection at our informational meetings,” said Lamont. “They expand their expertise while expanding their network.”
WiTT further serves the community by going out where the need for their encouragement and expertise is most needed: local schools and educational centers. Through coding camps, mentorship programs, workshops, and internship opportunities, WiTT members engage with young women in Middle TN to introduce STEM or foster an existing interest in technology.
“Being out in the community and encouraging women and girls to pursue technology as a career is huge for us,” said Lamont. “We never have a shortage of volunteers, whether they are running the logistics for our events, recruiting scholarship sponsors, mentoring a student, or designing new programming, our members are out there making it better for women in technology.”
WiTT’s largest event is Tee Off for Technology (wittn.org/toft), a golf tournament directly funding WiTT’s scholarship, education, and outreach efforts. This September dozens of individual golfers and teams will battle for the top slot at the historic Arnold Palmer Signature golf course at Brentwood’s Governors Club.
“Tee Off for Technology is a great time,” said Lamont. “And the best part is that it all goes towards scholarships and outreach for women in technology.”
When asked what she wishes everyone knew about WiTT, Lamont had one strong response.
“Anyone can--and should--get involved with us! No matter how you are involved with technology, we have a place for you. There’s memberships, events, scholarships, and sponsorship opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved and encourage women in technology.”
To learn more about about WiTT, including sponsorship opportunities for Tee Off for Technology, visit wittn.org.
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