Joan Matz is helping TechGirlz develop a strong presence where she lives in Chicago. She is passionate about increasing gender and racial diversity in the tech workforce. She also serves as Senior Manager of IT Futures Labs at Creating IT Futures, the charity arm of CompTIA, supporting its NextUp initiative to engage middle-school youth with hands-on tech experiences.
Joan has managed other youth-focused IT workforce development programs, such as the IT Learning Exchange for the State of Illinois, which focused on improving tech education, work-based learning models and other resources for high school and post-secondary students. In her previous experience, she helped to found a tech high school, Chicago Tech Academy, developing IT business relationships for the school, instructors and students. Most of her prior experience is around IT project and program management in various industry sectors.
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