A local non-profit is helping women overcome barriers to join the tech field, working to connect women from all walks of life with the communities and resources they need to succeed in tech careers. It all started with an experiment over a year ago...
Lauren Jerome, founder of Mindbox and Redefining Women in Tech, received a $12,000 grant. Her group is creating interactive video learning events. As Lane County’s three focus industries grow, some other industries might shrink. Jerome would like tech to become an ally to other industries so that they can all grow. That’s what will make the future strong. “Eugene has such a strong sense of collaboration and community pride of working together,” Jerome says. “Tech has an opportunity because there’s so much crossover to help those other industries come along with this evolution. I’d like to see our community help us approach the industrial revolution in a way that’s sustainable to Eugene.”
Redefining Women in Tech (RWIT) is a nonprofit in Eugene that connects women with the communities and resources they need to thrive in tech careers. Lauren Jerome is a mentor-in-residence with RAIN Eugene (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) and co-founder of Mindbox Studios, a software and web development studio in Eugene.
What started as an experiment to bring women to a conversation about technology has become its own entity. “Redefining Women in Tech” has big plans for the future, including taking advantage of a recent grant.
Redefining Women in Tech Interactive Video Learning Events will use interactive high-resolution video with face-to-face meetings to help women navigate the “often inequitable tech sector.” This project will include job resource training, professional development opportunities and community organizing. The project will be led by Redefining Women in Tech, a group of professionals and students who emphasize “creativity and openness with technology.”