WoTech Events Kick Off New Year

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Through WoTech (Women in Tech), RBTC members have two opportunities to network with allies and inspire a new generation of women in technology-related industries.

Save the Date: Morning Jolt

On Jan. 19, we’ll host our first Morning Jolt of 2022. This online coffee chat, held on the third Wednesday of each month, connects women with relevant conversation covering various topics that are important to us. We’ll also have a virtual ‘board’ where you can post jobs, mentor requests and suggestions. Come as you are, liquids in the cup are optional, and jump in when you can!

WoTech Hypatia Care Package Donation Drive

Jan. 19 is also the deadline to donate to an initiative that supports our future colleagues. In collaboration with community partners, we are putting together care packages for engineering students in the Hypatia (Women) living-learning community at Virginia Tech … and we’d love your help!  We are accepting both monetary donations and swag to include in the 260 care packages we expect to hand out to welcome the students back for the Spring semester. 

“Only 22 percent of students in the College of Engineering are women,” says Kim Lester, Director of Pre-College Programs for Virginia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). “Historically it’s been a man’s role. If you’re a female and you don’t have female role models you’re not likely to look into that. We honestly get a lot of women in the program because a teacher told them, ‘Hey, you’re really good at math and science.’ And it’s never really dawned on them that they could do that.”

Items to donate:

  • Stress ball
  • Lotion
  • Index cards
  • Pen/markers
  • Gum/mints
  • Push pins
  • Tea
  • Comfy socks
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils
  • Koozie and water bottle
  • Chapstick
  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Money
Future Events
  • Feb. 9 – Lunch & Learn (Blacksburg). This quarterly session features top-notch speakers discussing forefront topics.
  • March 16 – Power Hour (Well Hung in Roanoke). A social networking filled with fun, new friends, and local spirits.

To learn more contact Ashleigh Beasley at ashleigh.beasley@rbtc.tech.

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