The Kansas City Women in Technology board members (left to right): Andrea Moran, Josepha Haden, Jennifer Wadella, Melanie Haas, Erica Birkman and Alyssa Murfey (Tina Peterson not pictured).
Next Thursday, July 25, the movement to get more girls and women interested and hired within the tech industry will experience a major push right here in Kansas City. A group of professional women have joined forces to create Kansas City Women in Technology (KCWiT), which is focused on growing “the number of women in technology careers in the Kansas City area.” Founded by Jennifer Wadella, a web developer at VML, KCWiT will launch with a free party––open to men as well––from 6 to 8 p.m. at VML.
Silicon Prairie News: How did KCWiT get started? How did the group of board members come together?
Wadella: It was actually an idea I started tossing around early this year. I love everything about the Kansas City tech community except the lack of women in it. I started thinking about how I could change that and make a positive impact in the community. I looked at a lot of national organizations that were making similar efforts, but decided against starting just a chapter, and instead focused on something Kansas City-based with the goal of helping grow our talent and continue to build the Silicon Prairie.
For the board, I began reaching out within my personal network. I wanted to recruit women like myself, who are currently “in the trenches” because I think we have a good perspective on what would provide value to women in similar situations. I’m fortunate to know a lot of incredibly intelligent and talented women who love their city like I do, and who are equally passionate about technology.