When Women Have a Chance in Tech…

March 7th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Guest Blogs | Member Blog Posts - (Comments Off)

Our newest member guest blog post is by Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director of Byte Back. Byte Back improves economic opportunity by providing computer training and career preparation to underserved Washington, D.C. metro area residents. 


Byte BackJust 25 percent of the computing workforce in the U.S. is women. For women of color, this drops drastically, with just three percent of the workforce made up of African American women and one percent Latina women.

Only 17 percent of Fortune 500 Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions were held by women in 2015.1

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress, recognize deficits and act for equality. Today is the perfect day to give a woman her start in tech.

When women are offered the chance to learn and use technology the same as men, women access vital life opportunities, including high-paying jobs, healthcare, sexual and gender violence services, family care, and more.

With technology, women can connect to the world and build connections to employers, friends and family. With technology, women can move into jobs to support their families – tech jobs, white collar jobs and medial jobs. With technology, women can help their families – teach their children, communicate with teachers and open up a world of knowledge.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated. So much can be solved by teaching women how to use technology. With a small investment in women’s lives, we can have a huge impact on social change.

Today, we urge you to find a way to support women, whether it’s as a mentor, a volunteer, a supporter of a community organization or as a recruiter. There are countless organizations opening opportunities for women to cross the digital divide and to advance in IT careers, and we encourage you to be a part of this movement.

By 2024, the number of U.S. computing-related job openings expected to be 1.1 million.1 If we all work together, we can make sure women not only fill more technology positions, but have the power to use technology to change lives.


In Byte Back’s 20 years, their demographics have never reflected the outside tech world. Increasing opportunities for underserved residents goes hand-in-hand with increasing diversity in tech companies. In 2016, 417 women, or 61 percent of the student body, found empowering tech skills for free at Byte Back.

1 National Center for Women & Information Technology. (2016). By the Numbers.

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Capital Data Summit: Meg Whitman Keynote

March 7th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Capital Data Summit - (Comments Off)

We continue to share content from our inaugural Capital Data Summit that took place on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Scroll down to view HPE’s Meg Whitman full Capital Data Summit keynote presentation video.


Whitman FiresideThe 2017 Capital Data Summit was headlined by three top keynotes: Hewlett Packard Enterprise President and CEO Meg Whitman, Clarabridge Founder and Vice Chairman Sid Banerjee, and DigitalGlobe Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President Dr. Walter Scott.

Whitman sat down with Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Board Chair Todd Stottlemyer for a “fireside chat” conversation. Whitman explained how big data is powering the next industrial revolution, allowing new insights through predictive analytics. She shared how innovations like memory-driven, rather than processing-driven, computing are allowing HPE to provide intelligent services “at the edge” where data is collected rather than on a central server.

In discussing the future of the industry, Whitman stressed the importance of skilling the next generation of data employees and the pivotal role universities will play in partnering with the private sector to meet these talent demands. View Whitman’s full keynote below:

We’ll be sharing more Capital Data Summit content and videos here on the NVTC blog. Stay tuned!

Check out the Capital Data Summit photo gallery!

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