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MCWT To Host Black-Tie Fundraiser Saturday

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The Michigan Council of Women in Technology will host its annual black-tie gala signature fundraiser for women’s college technology scholarships Saturday at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott.

General Motors vice president and CIO Terry S. Kline, and Ford Motor Co. global director of IT operations and MCWT president Marcy Klevorn are co-hosting this year’s event, which will include a silent auction, dinner, cocktails, entertainment and dancing.

Compuware, Computer Sciences Corp., Fujitsu and Tata Consulting Services are committed as Diamond event sponsors. To support the nonprofit MCWT Foundation’s mission to encourage women’s interest in technology education and careers, prominent area CIOs have also agreed to put themselves up for auction to raise additional funds for programs like scholarships, educational programs, girls’ summer IT camps and robotics grants. Among other auction items, lunch or dinner with these information industry executives will be offered:

Ford Motor Co. VP & CIO Nick Smither
General Motors Co. VP & CIO Terry S. Kline
Delphi CIO Tim McCabe
Consumers Energy CIO Mamatha Chamarthi
Kellogg VP & CIO Brian Rice
Federal Mogul Corp. CIO Alston R. German
 
“Year after year, MCWT sees Michigan’s IT industry come together during this much-anticipated event,” said Klevorn. “Our corporate sponsors, members, supporters and volunteers believe in advancing and retaining women in technology positions, which ultimately leads to stronger, more competitive companies. Our programs, which also include initiatives aimed at encouraging young girls to consider technology careers, are made possible through fundraising efforts like this.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT jobs were among its list of the 30 fastest-growing careers, yet only a small percentage of computer and information science degrees are earned by women at Michigan colleges. 

“If we’re going to influence change, we need to start early,” said Klevorn. “The Foundation has created programs to inspire and encourage girls, and show them that the IT industry is fun and rewarding. We’ve made great progress, but we still have a lot to do and many more girls to reach.”

Tickets, which can be purchased on www.mcwt.org, are $125 for MCWT members and $150 for guests. The event is black tie and will run from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.Several other area companies have signed on to support the gala, including: Emerald sponsors Accenture and HP; Platinum sponsors ATT, Cisco and IBM; and Gold sponsors Cap Gemini, Covisint, Daimler Financial, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and T-Systems.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology promotes opportunity for women and girls within Michigan’s technology community. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with networking, corporate IT leadership development, mentoring, technology experiences for professionals and students, and funding for technology-oriented education. Its nonprofit foundation is dedicated to correcting the growing trend of gender disparity in the IT field by providing programs that support the education and orientation of young women throughout school and fostering women in various stages of their professional lives. More at www.mcwt.org or www.mcwtf.org.

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