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 four Hathaway Brown School students for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology in a ceremony at TechColumbus on May 11.
Juniors Lauren Dierker, Allie Dumas, and Grace Phillips, and freshman Isabella Nilsson were honored as winners of the Ohio Affiliate NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. There are 25 Ohio girls who were recognized this year.
This is the first time in Ohio that four students from a single school have been winners in the same year.
"With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce," said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Cofounder of NCWIT. "This award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked."
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, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Google, Muskingum University, and Tech Corps.
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.