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One Mic Stand: National Center for Women & Information Technology

Interview by Jonathan Kersting and Marie Pelloni

NCWITOn this episode of the One Mic Stand, the Pittsburgh Technology Council/FortyX80's Marie Pelloni joins Jonathan Kersting as cohost to explore opportunities to get more women and girls into the tech industry.

They start by detailing a unique partnership with NCWIT, the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Stephanie Weber, Director of K-12 and Regional Initiatives for NCWIT talks about the nonprofit community of over 1,500 universities, companies, nonprofits and even government organizations nationwide that work to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women in computing and technology. 

NCWIT offers the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) program to provide encouragement, enable persistence, open doors and change lives for women in technology from K-12 through career. High school awards opened Sept. 1. Learn more at:

We talk to AiC National Winner Paige Frank, a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in information science, about the award and how it is inspiring her passion to pursue a career in technology. Paige will also talk about her experience taking part in FortyX80's LAUNCH Program as a primer for AiC.

Plus, get details on the upcoming Winning Talent Together: Innovation, Culture, and You event set for October 5, 2023.

And, applications for the Fall LAUNCH Cohort close Sept. 8. More info here.

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