As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the Ohio Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognized three Hathaway Brown School students for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.
Freshman Lauren Egts and sophomore Madeleine Ference were honored as winners of the Ohio Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Sophomore Aarathi Sahadevan was recognized as a runner up. There are 21 Ohio girls who were recognized this year.
“With the Department of Labor predicting 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. workforce by 2020, it’s critical that we capitalize on this untapped talent pool and set these young women on the path to taking a seat at the technical design table." said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Cofounder of NCWIT.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
This year’s Ohio award event was sponsored by Microsoft, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, and many others.
NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.