Global diversity awards honor Tracey Welson-Rossman at inaugural US event.
April 6, 2018 (Philadelphia) — On March 22, Tracey Welson-Rossman, the founder of TechGirlz and CMO of Chariot Solutions, was honored at Information Age’s first Women in IT Awards USA. TechGirlz, a nonprofit organization inspiring middle school girls to pursue diverse technology careers, was announced as the “E-Skills Initiative of the Year” during a reception at Gotham Hall in New York.
This award highlights initiatives that encourage and help women and girls to improve their digital skills and start or resume a career in the technology sector. TechGirlz was selected as one of 16 winners in different categories, vetted from a pool of more than 400 nominees.
The global Women in IT Awards has been held for the last four years in London and is the world’s largest tech diversity event. It seeks to tackle the industry’s gender imbalance by showcasing the achievements of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting constructive dialogue around diversity among key industry leaders.
It is the same mission shared by Welson-Rossman, who founded TechGirlz in 2010. As the CMO of the software development firm Chariot Solutions, Tracey became frustrated by the lack of female candidates available to hire. Women, she knew, had the skills to succeed in technology but were missing out on its lucrative opportunities. She set out to break the cycle by focusing on early engagement. Responding to findings that the STEM gender gap begins in middle school, Tracey set out to instill girls with technology skills, confidence, and passion at this critical age.
As of 2018, TechGirlz has reached more than 10,000 girls through its free, open-sourced workshop curriculum and summer camps, which expose girls to the diversity of careers in technology.
For more information on the Women in IT Awards USA winners, visit Information Age.
TechGirlz is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 2010 by Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO of Chariot Solutions. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, leaders and students. We share our free workshop curriculum with companies, organizations, schools and community groups so they can inspire girls around the world with technology.