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MCWT ‘Embraces the Moment’ through Transformed Programs and a Virtual Gala in 2020

mcwt ‘embraces the moment’ through transformed programs and a virtual gala in 2020

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation’s 14th annual Signature Gala went virtual – one more pivot this year for the nonprofit working to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The Oct. 17 digital fundraiser, with a theme of “Embrace the Moment,” raised  $352,000 in gross revenue for programs that help inspire and grow girls and women in technology. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles served as host sponsor and over 500 individuals tuned in for the evening.
“Despite the pandemic, we’ve actually had a significant year here at MCWT,” said MCWT Executive Director Chris Rydzewski. “We are a technology group, and thanks to our partners, we’ve been able to build on our strengths, adapt to an ever-changing environment, and reach even more people. The move to virtual was an opportunity to maintain our community connections and make an even bigger impact among the girls and women who need to hear our message the most.”
The event provided a behind-the-scenes look at how the nonprofit found the upside in the year’s challenges, detailing five impactful pivots:  

Sparking curiosity through virtual summer technology programs. Instead of 10 in-person camps for middle and high school girls across the state, MCWT launched …

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Isis Nyong’o Madison: Building e-commerce for African women’s needs against all odds | TechCabal

isis nyong’o madison: building e-commerce for african women’s needs against all odds | techcabal

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Isis Nyong’o Madison, CEO Bliss Group.

The merger between MumsVillage, a Kenyan company, and BabyBliss Nigeria is a demonstration of how e-commerce and Femtech will spread in Africa.

Realising their shared values around serving expectant and nursing mothers, both companies came together as Bliss Group to deepen their penetration in two of Africa’s biggest tech-powered economies. 

MumsVillage and BabyBliss were each under three years old as retail outlets before the merger. By combining capacities, each gains extra years of expertise to become stronger companies in each market.

Each rose to prominence through a similar course; first by creating relevant content, then building a community across multiple channels, and taking on the responsibility of delivering trusted goods to members of the community through those channels.

Bliss Group is positioning to be a trusted partner for African mothers and their infants. But the subsidiary companies have jumped various hoops, especially of perception bias, to come to life.

Isis Nyong’o Madison founded MumsVillage after years of experience at Google, Viacom and InMobi. 

Besides the goal of building a competitive product for women, she was deliberate about designing a company with a female orientation. Her teams would not be female-only but will …

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Loans, tech workshops to help women-owned firms

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A new microloan program aims to put computers, software and cellphones in the hands of women entrepreneurs, so they can reach customers online during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, officials said.
La Fuerza Community Development Corp., a financial institution based in East Norwich, is offering loans of up to $3,000 for the purchase of technology hardware and software. The loans come with virtual workshops on tech and business topics.
The Providing Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise program, or P.O.W.E.R., is open to women who own businesses on Long Island. The companies must have fewer than 20 employees and revenue of $1 million or less per year. The owner’s yearly income cannot exceed $84,065.
The interest-free loans can be repaid over two to three years, said La Fuerza executive director Giovana Bracchi, adding “they can pay what they can afford on a monthly basis.”
For more information, call 516-922-8100 or send an email to power@lafuerzacdc.org.
Many of the delis, day care centers, dry cleaners, restaurants and other small businesses that La Fuerza has been helping to survive the coronavirus pandemic are unable to do online sales.
“A lot of them are not up to speed with …

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Samsung UK launches Samsung Pioneers to champion women in tech | London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com

samsung uk launches samsung pioneers to champion women in tech | london business news | londonlovesbusiness.com

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Samsung UK has announced its commitment to championing greater gender equality within the UK technology industry by launching Samsung Pioneers. Taking the form of an event series, Samsung Pioneers will act as a platform to bring together the UK’s most influential technology thinkers and advocates of women in technology to discuss and address the issues facing female talent across the industry. Led by Samsung UK, the programme will create an opportunity for a single unified voice to champion women in tech, bringing together brands, industry and non-profits to share advice, guidance and advocate for necessary change.The first Samsung Pioneers event – a virtual interactive panel discussion and Q&A held on Ada Lovelace Day – took the form of an open and honest discussion between our speakers and audience on their personal views and experiences as women in technology. Topics covered included a conversation on progress made in gender equality over recent years, existing and potential challenges facing women in the industry, and how COVID-19 has exacerbated underlying issues for women in business.“Most women within technology have experienced a challenge or discrimination at some point in their career due to their gender. This clearly needs to change as we …

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No more buts, give more women a seat at the tech high table | Inquirer Business

no more buts, give more women a seat at the tech high table | inquirer business

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Having more women in leadership roles pays dividends.
It’s no secret that women are still quite at a disadvantage, even in these modern times and despite their capabilities.
After all these years, women are still fighting for gender equality in the workplace. And the tech industry—which ushered the world into the 21st century, transformed the way we live, and helped open our eyes to different realities segments of society—is ironically one of the glaring areas where women are underrepresented and often ignored for promotions.
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The numbers don’t lie.
A study by the Pew Research Center showed that in the United States, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs have grown 79 percent since 1990 and even outpaced other job sectors. In fact, technology or computing is the highest paying and fastest-growing of the four. However, only 25 percent of computing jobs were given to women, a huge drop from 32 percent in 1990. What’s more, data from Statista revealed that Big Tech companies Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft only have a female workforce of about 34.4 percent women.FEATURED STORIES
And when we climb up the tech ladder, we’ll notice that the number will even go down further. …

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Becca DiNunzio finishes second at Grandover – Virginia Tech Athletics

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FINAL ROUNDVirginia Tech women’s golfer Becca DiNunzio posted a three-round total of 222 and was the runner-up at the Women’s Griffin Amateur on Sunday afternoon. The three-day event was played at the par 72, 6,225-yard East Course of the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
DiNunzio, a sophomore from Norfolk, Virginia, fired a final-round 1-under 71. She finished five strokes behind medalist Lauren Walsh of Wake Forest. DiNunzio’s 71 was tied for the lowest round in the tournament on Sunday. 
 
Emily Mahar, a senior from Brisbane, Australia, tied for fourth at 224 and Jessica Spicer, a fifth-year player from Bahama, North Carolina, tied for eighth at 226. Alyssa Montgomery, a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee, finished in 12thplace at 229 and Sarah Spicer, a fifth-year player from Bahama, North Carolina, finished in 18thplace at 232. Jessica Spicer and Montgomery each shot final-round even-par 72, joining DiNunzio as only six players to record rounds of par-or-better on Sunday.DAY TWOVirginia Tech women’s golfers Emily Mahar and Becca DiNunzio have posted scores of 151 and are tied for fourth place at the Women’s Griffin Amateur on Saturday. The three-day event is being played at the par 72, 6,225-yard East Course of the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
DiNunzio, a …

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Women-Led Kenyan SMEs Getting Kshs 5 Million | CIO East Africa

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Kenya Women Led Businesses to benefit from KSH 5M set aside for Cohort Four of the Women in Tech Incubator by Standard Chartered and Strathmore University.
The Search for Women-led businesses is back! @iBizAfrica-Strathmore University in Partnership with Standard Chartered Bank Kenya is excited to Launch the IV Cohort of the Women in Tech 2020 programme. The call for applicants is now open for women-led SMEs leveraging on technology and new business models to drive change and grow communities.
The online launch showcased how @iBizAfrica and Standard Chartered Bank have supported and guided over 40 female-led startups in Kenya through training, mentorship, coaching and funding over the last three years through the Women in Tech programme.
The programme theme for this year, Accelerating the Digital Economy through Women-Owned Businesses reinforces the importance of scaling the gains of female-focused entrepreneurial programs and expanding their mandate in bridging financing and industry gaps for early-stage ventures.
Standard Chartered Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Gitau, said, “Since the launch of the Women in Technology Programme in 2017, over 1,100 entrepreneurs have applied to be a part of the programme. 120 start-ups have been shortlisted with 30 taking part in the incubator program. 15 outstanding start-ups have benefitted from the seed funding …

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Women’s XC Races to Second-Place Finish at Blazer Classic, Men Take Fifth

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October 16, 2020 RESULTSHOOVER, Al.- Georgia Tech’s cross-country program closed out the 2020 regular season with a second-place women’s and fifth-place men’s finish at the UAB Blazer Classic in Hoover on Friday morning at Veterans Park. Results for both races can be found here.Senior runner Nicole Fegans led the way for the Yellow Jacket women as she earned a sixth-place overall finish in the 6K clocking in at 20:24. The Tech women scored 104 points, with Arkansas being the only squad to finish ahead of the Jackets at 42 points. ACC-rival Florida State earned a third-place spot on the team leaderboard, scoring 115, making this the second meet this year the Yellow Jacket women edged out the Seminoles. Ole Miss (4th, 118), Tennessee (5th, 121), Kentucky (6th, 126), Middle Tennessee State (7th, 167), Vanderbilt (8th, 221), Florida (9th, 224) and Mississippi State (10th, 235) rounded out the rest of the women’s field scoring.Fellow senior Andrew Kent was the Tech men’s first runner to cross the finish line placing 15th overall in the 8K registering a time of 24:06. Georgia Tech scored 138 points, with Arkansas (1st, 29 points), Ole Miss (2nd, 50 points), FSU (3rd, 97) & Tennessee (4th, 110) ending the race ahead of the Jackets. Florida (6th, 196), Middle Tennessee State (7th, 198), …

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