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 sitwithme.org below.

#SitWithMe

RedChairPGH


Save the Date: November 16, 2017


Theme: START STRONG and THRIVE in your TECHNICAL CAREER

Hosted by Truefit - Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St #1025, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Agenda:


Networking Reception- hot appetizers, cold drinks, RedChair share, and great conversation. Stay tuned, we're working on some interesting option for 1-on-1 mentoring

Welcome Sponsor, Thanks, Scholarship Share, Strong Women Strong Girls

Keynote- Carol Frieze has been honored for work in increasing diversity in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She and co-author Jeri Quesenberry of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will share research that translate from the University to the business world to attract and retain women in technical fields.

Panel- THRIVE: The Top Five Tips to Thrive in your Technical Career
Moderated by Kathleen Lovett, an IT Executive from Thermo Fisher Scientific, our
Presentation Sponsor, with the following panel:

  • Julie Straub, PPG IT Executive
  • Antoinette Murphy, Comcast Regional VP
  • Michele McGough, Solutions 4 Networks CEO
  • Priscilla Beal, Bayer US Head of Digital Innovation
  • Lori Crozier, VP Digital Technology Delivery at ThermoFisher Scientific

Discuss- Continue the conversation, get a copy of Carol and Jeri's book and have fun with the #sitwithme photobooth.

Mission

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.

Scholarship

With funds from 2016 event sponsors and donations, RedChairPGH has created a leadership development scholarship for mid-career women in tech.

Red Chair PGH Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners! Check out press the release here!

2017 Sightings


The Red Chair has been spotted throughout Pittsburgh.
Read below to find out where it's been!

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

March 2, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science hosted a screening of the highly touted documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The event included a presentation by the film’s director/producer, Robin Hauser Reynolds.

CIO of the Year Awards

March 22, 2017

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.

Inclusive Innovation Week: Panel Discussion on Unconsious Bias

April 5, 2017

RedChairPGH participated with BNYMellon in Pittsburgh's second annual inclusive innovation week. Unconcious Bias was discussed by a panel of experts (Audrey Russo of Pittsburgh Technology Council, Suresh Ramanathan of Koryak Consulting, Toni Murphy of Comcast, Bill Generette of Urban Innovation) were moderated by Susanne Mueller of Rhiza. Thanks to Jen Wagner of BNYMellon for hosting a great discussion!

WELD Pittsburgh

April 27, 2017

WELD's vision is to be the national model for implementing strategies to advance women to higher levels of leadership and economic strength. The inaugural dinner and keynote to kick off Pittsburgh's chapter of the non-profit was held at the Fairmont.

BSides Pittsburgh

June 9, 2017

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 10, 2017

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.

Code as a Universal Language

June 22, 2017

Truefit, in partnership with ALPFA, BNY Mellon, Coderise, SpaceJunk and more gathers in their unique space in the Union Trust building to explore how tech companies are leading Pittsburgh into a more diverse future.

RedChairPGH Social

June 22, 2017

You're invited to an informal summer social "meet-up" on Thursday, June 22nd at the Biergarten, located at the roof top of Hotel Monaco located at 620 Wlliam Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA.

Join us on Thursday evening any time after 5:30 PM for fresh air, inspiring conversation, bar bites, and a drink! Mingle with fellow RedChair PGH enthusiasts and see where the conversation leader.

This is an open invitation to all those passionate about the mission, regardless of past involvement, of RedChairPGH and the SitWithMe campaign. Materials will be available for you to take with you and our Red Chair will be present for selfies and social media photos!

Moms Who Code

August 3, 2017

Alloy 26 is cohosting the MomsCanCode.com Launch and Info Session. Event Description: At MomsCanCode.com we celebrate moms in tech & exemplary tech companies across the country. MomsCanCode.com will serve as a resource for moms who want to gain technical skills. Moms Can: Code Pittsburgh will offer moms coding workshops sponsored by tech companies & offer childcare through a partnership with Flexable.

WICT Tech It Out

August 24, 2017

Tech it Out 2017, is a full day aimed to address the challenges in technology using the latest tools to manage and protect yourself and your business. This an opportunity to hear from expert speakers on adversity, leadership, teamwork and community awareness.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Sheila Hyland: "Leadership – Your Best Self"

  • Audrey Russo: Pittsburgh Tech Council
  • Robin Fenton: Society of Cable Television Engineers
  • Aaron Kostelansky: Comcast - Cyber Security
  • Brady Hood: Commscope
  • Julie Poepping: Red Chair/Pittsburgh

WELD Thrival

September 28, 2017

WELD is excited to partner with Thrival for the September Leadership Series Panel Event. Too frequently we hear about the challenges that women who chose technical careers face, whether it's sexual harassment or manifestos stating that women aren't biologically suited for these roles. Statistics have shown that the number of women obtaining technical degrees in the US has dropped by 50% since the mid 1980s. Is this a coincidence? We'll explore the possible answers, and discuss how various Pittsburgh organizations are taking on this challenge.

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.