Brown Girls in Tech, a local grassroots organization who strives to empower and connect girls and woman of color (WOC) looking pursue a career in tech or build a startup, recently wrapped up the year with a new lunch series held at Cyberworks Academy.
Their Brown Bag Lunches were designed for IT and cyber professionals, entrepreneurs, as well as early-stage and mid-career professionals who are interested in learning how they can launch a career in technology or give back to their community.
Three local professionals presented three talks over the course of six weeks. Your’s truly, Shante’ Perrin, kicked things off with Tech ToolkIT for Girl Bosses, an overview of useful software and utilities for entrepreneurs.
Tameka Allen, Director of Information Technology for the City of Augusta, then spoke about managing a successful career in IT, family and community involvement.
Lastly, Debra McDaniel‘s talk, Launch IT!, showed entrepreneurs as well as hopeful and established tech professionals how to be strategic during product and company launches. With her 24 years of experience in project management, Debra says the strategic mindset puts “focus on ideas that can create new value through developing and improving processes, sustainability for long term growth, and understand how to make trade-offs with their resources and effectively prioritize their activities.”
Ebony Hicks, founder of Brown Girls in Tech, says the organization “is focused on the education, engagement and empowerment of brown girls and women who are passionate about technology and entrepreneurship.” One of her goals for the Brown Bag Lunch Series was “to create an environment where Brown Girls in Tech Members would be empowered to share their expertise and knowledge across several communities.” My all accounts the event was valuable to attendees as well as the presenters.