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Women & Technology Conference Comes to Charleston October 21

TechConnectWV will host the 2019 Women & Technology Conference on Monday, October 21 at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV.

For more information, or to register, click here.

The purpose of the Women & Technology Conference is to address the under-representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The conference, which attracts approximately 200 attendees, aims to encourage women involved in technology education and research, private enterprises, the public sector, investing, and entrepreneurship.

“Steering more girls and women into STEM-focused careers does two very important things,” said Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect.

“It helps more women earn higher wages, as STEM jobs pay better on average than other jobs. Equally important, it strengthens our talent pipeline and leads to gains in creativity, innovation and productivity,” she said.

Barth said the conference will feature inspiring women speakers from private industry, higher education and government, along with value-added educational sessions and quality networking.

Who should attend?  Women working in technology fields as well as those interested in pursuing, or migrating to, a technology-focused career.  In addition, anyone interested in exploring ways to bridge the tech gender gap and inspiring future generations of girls to pursue STEM fields are encouraged to attend. Technology touches all aspects of life, and the information shared at the conference will be relevant to all industry sectors and educational institutions.   Men are welcome to attend, as closing the gender gap in STEM requires their help, as well.

Register today by clicking here

Early-bird registration is $105 ($65 for students) and includes a hearty breakfast, lunch and conference materials.  The conference agenda will be available soon.  For more information, contact Anne Barth at

TechConnect thanks sponsors of the 2019 Women & Technology Conference for making this event possible, including Marshall University and the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Science Level); NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust and the West Virginia Regional Technology Park (Technology Level); the High Technology Foundation, KeyLogic and West Virginia University (Engineering Level); and Allegheny Science & Technology and the West Virginia Press Association (Math Level). (Confirmed sponsors as of 7/29/19)

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, contact Anne Barth at