Women comprise half the world’s population but do not play an equal role in inventing the technology that will solve the difficult problems faced by our society today. RedChairPGH encourages Pittsburgh companies and the technical community to correct that imbalance and foster a stronger local technical talent pool. We envision a future where Pittsburgh is the standard-bearer in developing and retaining a diverse technical community. With funds from event sponsorship and generous donations, RedChairPGH has created a scholarship program. The RedChairPGH scholarship is intended for leadership development programs for a mid-career woman in tech.
How Do We Define A “Mid-Career Woman In Tech?”
A mid-career professional has moved past entry level (i.e. her first job out of school,) but isn’t nearing the end of her career (i.e. retirement.) Mid-career is not defined by age or years of experience, but instead, is a professional who has not yet reached an executive role. We define “in tech” as someone who is a practitioner within Information Technology, Information Systems or Computer Science or an individual who works for a Tech Company. A practitioner could fall under the following four verticals: Infrastructure/Operations/Support; Software Development Lifecycle, Project Management Office, and/or Creative/Interactive/Design.
What We Expect
Our expectations from you if you receive a scholarship:
- You will clear your calendar and your distractions and attend with an open mind.
- You will consider serving as a mentor for a younger or less experienced woman in tech.
- You will attend our annual event and share your experiences with the attendees there.
2022 Scholarships Options
Introduction to Information Security and Privacy at Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh and RedChairPgh are offering an introduction to Information and Security Privacy class. This is a fundamental course for any professional interested in transitioning into a cybersecurity career. The course begins May 16th and runs for 4 weeks. It is conducted fully online asynchronous and synchronous.
For additional details and to apply for the scholarship using code ‘redchairpgh’:
RedChairPGH Brave Retreat
The RedChairPGH Brave WOMEN Retreat takes place IN PERSON OVER 1.5 days in August. The retreat is designed specifically for our scholarship program by Holly McIlwain, a leader in Talent Development and founder of the Brave Women Project. The retreat promises to build on your strengths and light the spark to impact your whole self as a woman in technology. THE SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES LODGING AND MEALS.
THRIVE, a 14-hour 7 month all virtual session, is specifically designed to help you:
- Create your step-by-step pathway to career success
- Unlock your potential in all walks of life
- Enhance your negotiation skills for boundaries
- Manage stress and burnout
- Practice the skills of self-compassion and empathy
- Find a new, supportive community focused on your growth
With the THRIVE community’s guidance, you’re ready to excel by navigating the complex labyrinths you encounter in your career and personal life.