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Advancing Women In Tech (AWIT) was founded in 2017 to address the gender and diversity gaps we saw in tech management roles. As an organization, we believe that this gap largely exists due to lack of targeted, skills-based training, as well as executive mentorship. AWIT intends to empower women and other underrepresented groups to advance their technology insight and careers to become product and tech leaders.
Therefore, our two-pronged approach offers skills-based workshops in all of our AWIT chapters globally and virtually, as well as a comprehensive Ambassadors program to introduce high-achieving tech professionals to executive mentors. These mentorships can open doors to the next leadership opportunity.
Since its founding, AWIT has experienced 2,000 percent growth, to a membership of more than 16,000. There are chapters in Paris, Seattle, London, Berlin, Boston, and Washington DC, and is partnered with or sponsored by the Wharton School of Business, Workday, Redpoint, WeWork, LinkedIn, and others.
We partner with top companies to put on panelist series and workshops throughout the world to empower quality female and male tech leaders through equality of opportunity.
Our mission is to empower tech leaders through equality of opportunity in career advancement for women and diverse groups, as well as men.
Every woman and underrepresented minority to have equal opportunity to advance and grow in their careers and create equality by giving every one of our members the right skill sets and executive mentorship they need to succeed.
In 2017, a group of women PMs from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and various startups in San Francisco got together - to create a community where they could share tips and strategies for making their voices heard. After a while, they realized their passion to empower other women were strong, and this is how Advancing Women in Tech (AWIT) was originally founded as Advancing Women In Product (AWIP). The world needs more role models, strong examples of women who are talented, fearless, and above all - selfless in giving back to the community so that more women can be empowered to be leaders. Studies have proven that diverse work environments make for better outcomes (for the employees as well as the business), so let's create an equal world with AWIT - where tech professionals of all types can have equal opportunities to advance. Come join us on that journey.
To realize our mission of equality of opportunity, we at AWIT have formed theses of 3 pillars:
(1) skills-based training,
(2) executive mentorship, and
(3) thought-provoking content for offline and online education.
To give our members the skills they need to succeed, AWIT creates a consistent set of recurring skills-based training - in the form of workshops, panels, or hands-on labs - in all of our metros and virtually. We provide this training at-cost for our members because we believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed. If you have an idea or would like to lead a workshop for our members, please reach out to us here.
To foster the right environment of encouragement and hands-on mentoring, we have created the AWIT Ambassadors program, where leaders from across industries and geographies can sign up to give back. Our Ambassadors have spoken on AWIT panels, at our corporate partners, written thought leadership articles, and at prestigious conferences, such as Saastr and Grace Hopper. If you are interested in joining AWIT as an Ambassador, please sign uphere.
And for all of our members who are not in a metro with a chapter, global events moved us online for the vast majority of our programming. We post on LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube, including our blog on Medium. We are also active contributors to BusinessInsider, Geekwire, and Forbes, and sites such as Mind the Product and HackerNoon. No matter where you are, AWIT content can help inspire you and give you the right skill sets and mentorship to succeed in your career.
AWIT is one of the first women and minority empowerment movements to incorporate all genders, races, and identification into our mission, team, and leadership board. We are proud to say that we are approximately 50% men and women, have LGBT representation, and our volunteer team resides in over 5 different countries, across 3 continents.