who we are
Women in Technology of the Heartland (WiTH) was founded in November of 2012 by nine women committed to creating an Omaha-area networking organization that would authentically connect, communicate, and collaborate, with the goal of advancing women in technology.
Tuesday, August 20, 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm – Real World Business Agility, Beth Schmidt, hosted at First National Bank Tower, 1601 Dodge Street
June – Advancing Women Technologists in Omaha, Carina Glover, April Goettle, and Bianca Zongrone, Do Space
May – How to Break-In to Software Development and What Technologies Are Most In-Demand, Abby Jones, Mutual of Omaha
April – The Differences Between Business Intelligence, Data Science, and Data Analytics, and How Each Help Your Business, Kim Buckley, HDR Inc.
March – The Value of Automated Testing, Lauren Koperski, Mutual of Omaha
February – Feng Shui in the Digital World, Pam Hagge, Harbinger-Partners
January – Effectively Managing Change, Susan Haller, First National Bank
December – Jingle Mingle Holiday Celebration
November – Defending Against Email Intruders, Stacy Eldridge, Lincoln Electric System
October – Emotional Intelligence, Rodney Verhoeff, Creighton University
September – Lightning Talk Extravaganza, 11 local user groups were represented
August – Using Data Science to Solve Business Problems, Nirosha Rathnayake, PhD, UNMC
get in touch
The first meeting occurred in January of 2013 when approximately 30 women gathered to discuss organizing the group and establishing its goals. Today, WiTH has more than 1,100 Facebook followers, and attendance at meetings is typically between 30 – 60 participants each month.
WiTH provides a fun networking forum for women to learn from and share with one another, focusing on the development and promotion of IT talent in women through mentoring and other outreach efforts, so we’re not the only women in the room anymore.
what to expect
Topics are technical in nature and cover soft skills as well as ways to further careers. Occasionally, the meetings are networking events for people to get to know one another better or make new connections.
how we help
WiTH has enjoyed growing recognition and a number of successes. WiTH members have served as speakers for other organizations and members have gained insights and made connections which have advanced their careers. At the same time, the community has benefitted from the group’s outreach, including collecting diapers for Lydia House, and food for the Omaha Food Bank.
what to bring
There are no membership dues required. Most meetings are sponsored by a local business or vendor, so there is no cost to attend. If there isn’t a sponsor, participants pay for their own food or beverages.
A subset of the group meets monthly to plan the meetings, and those members take turns organizing and facilitating.