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INDIANAPOLIS: Linda Calvin and Karrah Herring announced Women IN Tech Week during the Ball State University Women Working in Technology Conference this morning. Governor Eric Holcomb issued a proclamation declaring Women IN Tech Week will be celebrated September 15 – 22nd, 2024.

According to the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, women account for nearly half of the workforce in this country. Women of every race, class, and ethnic background play a key role in the advancement of technology, contributing to the growth and strength of Indiana, our nation, and the global community.

“Building Indiana’s tech talent pool is essential for driving innovation, boosting the state’s GDP, and creating rewarding career opportunities for Hoosiers across various sectors,” states Linda Calvin, Chief Impact Officer, Reboot Representation and President of Transcend Consulting. “Women are pivotal to achieving these objectives, and Women IN Tech Week opens the door for meaningful discussions on how we can better support women and girls in Indiana’s tech economy.”

Contributions of women in the technology workforce have been critical to the development of our new economy, our culture, and artistic achievements, our social and technological advancement, and all areas of accomplishment.

Advocate for women in technology, Karrah Herring, Indiana’s Chief Equity Inclusion & Opportunity Officer, has worked tirelessly for the past four years with an affinity group, Government Women in Technology, focusing on creating a supportive ecosystem for women in technology, advocating for the empowerment and elevation of capable women in technology, and motivating and modeling ways to inspire women to choose STEM careers.

“I am pleased that Governor Holcomb and his team have issued a proclamation declaring September 12th through the 22nd Women IN Tech Week for Indiana,” shares Herring. “We must continue to create pathways to success and promotion for women in technology across diverse industries. Because of the amazing advocacy of Linda Calvin and Kara Kavensky, this state proclamation will help reinforce and elevate the importance of those efforts.”

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 25% of all jobs in the tech industry are currently held by women — this is the lowest number of women in

technology since before 1980 — and STEM careers are anticipated to grow by nearly

8.5 percent by 2029.

To support celebrating women working in technology and to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared Women IN Tech Week September 15th – 22nd. To join in this celebration, any and all organizations, municipalities, and companies may celebrate on any given day during this week or throughout. A downloadable media kit is available for participating organizations is available here.

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