> Women in Manufacturing womeninmanufacturing.org @WomeninMfg Independence, Ohio
Who's in charge: President Allison Grealis How many members: About 600 History: The group was founded in 2010 to address what Grealis said was an obvious need. "There wasn't really a group out there for women in manufacturing, generally speaking," she said. Description: "Our aim is to inspire and advance women who are already in the field," Grealis said. The group does this through monthly webinars, access to programming, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, a customized employment tool and more. Accomplishment: Grealis called WiM's annual summit "transformative." More than 300 women attended the most recent summit. "These women who attend feel like they're not alone," she said. Surprising fact: Grealis thought the group would be focused primarily on individuals, but she said she was surprised by how many companies wanted to get involved with WiM. Grealis on why she's with WiM: "It's rewarding to talk to women from such a wide array of backgrounds." She also said the opportunity to see women advance in the industry is satisfying. > IEEE Women in Engineering ieee.org/women @IEEEWIE New York
Who's in charge: WIE Program Manager Keyana Tennant How many members: About 16,000 members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers have added the Women in Engineering affiliation to their membership. History: Women in Engineering was founded in 1994, 110 years after the founding of IEEE. Description: WIE's "goal is to inspire, engage and advance women in technology," said Nita Patel, IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference chairwoman. "Historically, we have focused heavily on the inspiration component and pre-university outreach. Recently, we have shifted some focus to balance inspiration with advancement and are focusing more initiatives to help women become prominent leaders." Accomplishment: WIE recently launched an IEEE.TV WIE channel that highlights presentations from the group's events. "I think the most significant accomplishment is the number of female students inspired to pursue engineering," Patel said. How the group is creating change: "We have over 550 volunteer-led WIE affinity groups in 160 countries," Patel said. "They organize and execute over 900 programs each year, reaching over 100,000 students and professionals." Surprising fact: About one-third of the group's membership is male. Patel on why she's with WIE: "I love the passion of the members. Each person is truly striving to make a difference, and people give countless hours of their personal time to advance women in technology. How can this not be motivating?" > Michigan Council of Women in Technology mcwt.org @MCWT Dearborn, Mich.
Who's in charge: President Cindy Warner How many members: About 800 History: The group was founded in 2000 by women in the auto industry who "looked around and said, ‘Wow, there aren't very many of us,'" Warner said. She said the group was founded as a support system. Description: The MCWT "provides leadership, mentoring, community outreach, professional development and networking to professional women within the Michigan technology community," the mission statement says. Accomplishment: Warner points to the group's work in distributing scholarships to young women, in addition to its weeklong summer technology camp, Camp Infinity. The camp targets girls in grades 4-7 and is aimed at building their confidence with robotics, computer game design and other technology. How the group is creating change: MCWT is dedicated to reversing a trend in technology in which women are not able to keep up and advance as much as they should, Warner said. "We're heading in the wrong direction, so we're doubling down," she said. Warner on why she's with MCWT: Warner said helping girls in poverty and less fortunate situations learn that they can succeed in technology gives her satisfaction.