The Red Chair

The red chair is symbolic. When women and men “sit” to take a stand, they validate women in computing and IT and recognize them for the important role they play in creating future technology. The red chair gives all of us a constructive way to show our solidarity and invite others to participate. The bold red color grabs attention and encourages action. By “sitting together” we hold space for an honest conversation and create a platform for online and offline discussions about our challenges and hopes for the future. Read more at below.



Annual event celebrating women in technolology

Save the Date: November 15, 2018


RedchairPGH is a network of women and men who are committed to creating gender balance in the Pittsburgh technology professions. We believe diverse teams increase innovation, opportunity and organizational results.

RedChairPGH equips:

  • Women with a community, tools and resources to start strong, thrive and advance their careers.
  • Organizations with tools and resources to attract, grow and retain female technical talent.

What we do:

  • Provide a community of support for women in computing and information technology professions
  • Offer research based resources and promote awareness of the value of gender diversity at Pittsburgh technical events
  • Host an annual Redchairpgh #sitwithme event that celebrates progress and acknowledges challenges for women in the computing and information technology professions.


With funds from 2017 event sponsors and donations, RedChairPGH has created a leadership development scholarship for mid-career women in tech.

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2018 Sightings

The Red Chair can be spotted throughout Pittsburgh.
Join us if you can!

Chow at Choolah

February 21, 2018

On February 21, East Liberty’s hottest new eatery Choolaah Indian BBQ donated 30% of all dine-in and carry-out purchases from customers who mentioned RedChairPGH!

CIO of the Year Awards

April 19, 2018

The Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group gather annually to honor the region's top infomation technology executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year. It takes great leaders to keep southwestern Pennsylvania's technology sector on the cutting-edge. Companies of all sizes and types have great leadership in IT and security. CIO of the Year honors these individuals.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s CIO of the Year will be supporting Red Chair Pittsburgh. Your donations and a silent auction at the event will help Red Chair Pittsburgh, a network of both women and men, fulfill its mission.

BSides Pittsburgh

June 22, 2018

BSides Pittsburgh is a volunteer-run computer security conference held in Pittsburgh annually. Security BSides is part of a global series of comunity-driven conferences presenting a wide range of information security topics from technical topics, such as dissecting network protocols, to policy issues such as managing information leakage via social networks.

Pittsburgh TechFest

June 2, 2018

Pittsburgh TechFest is a one-day event where software development professional from Southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas will get together to talk and learn about perfecting our craft.

RedChairPGH 2016

On Thursday November 16th, 2016, tech professionals across the region convened to take a seat and take a stand—both symbolically and literally—and show solidarity for RedChairPGH’s second annual event.

Setting up shop at the new state-of-the-art co-working space Alloy 26 on Pittsburgh’s Northside, the event was meant to build and support a local coalition dedicated to increasing diversity in computing and IT industries, encourage Pittsburgh companies and the tech community to correct imbalances, and foster a stronger local talent pool.

To get the conversation started, the night kicked off with a lively networking session. Attendees were able to engage with a diverse group of tech influencers, including representatives from major corporations, small startups, grassroots nonprofits, advocacy groups, and tech incubators. Attendees were encouraged to show solidarity with women in tech—and strike a pose—in the event’s #sitwithme photo booth.

The event’s prolific presenters discussed their experiences overcoming challenges in IT careers at all levels, and shared practical tools that individuals and companies can use to reverse trends in inequity.

Featured guest speakers included: Lenore Blum, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, Christy Uffelman, a professional development expert with Align Leadership, and information technology executives Kathleen Lovett and John Quinn from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Blum spoke about women in computer science at universities and shared her experience from Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science undergraduate class, which 48% female—far above the national average of 16%. Uffelman, an expert in millennial development and women’s leadership, highlighted development for mid-career IT professionals, while the Thermo Fisher Scientific team shared the value diversity brings to their organization.