What is ChickTech and What is it doing in Orange County?

ChickTech is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. With chapters across the nation, ChickTech is working to combat discrimination and stereotypes around women working in STEM industries. We facilitate hands-on technology-centric events and programs to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls.  Through our events, we build community, empower participants to see themselves as leaders, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high tech industry.

The ChickTech Mission states:

We envision a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. We are dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

As a chapter, ChickTech OC hopes to embody the ChickTech mission and foster diversity within the Orange County community. Our group creates welcoming and inclusive meetups in and around Orange County to get together, learn and network. Our goal is to build a tech community where women and girls are encouraged, empowered and welcome. We create events that focus on empowering women/girls; however, we also welcome those who identify as men as participants. Our chapter leaders are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive environment for people to learn and grow professionally.

We are a volunteer-run non-profit, and are always searching for partners who would like to get involved through donations of expertise, volunteer time, in-kind, funding, or just by helping to get the word out. Companies and individuals can learn more about ChickTech Orange County at http://orangecounty.chicktech.org and can email inquiries to OC@chicktech.org.

ChickTech OC is in its first year, and we hope to see members of our community reaching our and/or joining us at our events. Some events we have planned are: Networking Mixers, Career Workshops, Spring High School Conference, and local Fundraisers. Come out and join us in talking about tech, and connecting with the OC STEM community! Can’t make it to an event? Follow us on social media for the latest updates and to learn more about emerging trends in technology.

Written by Katrina Luu for ChickTech Orange County.

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Katrina Luu is the Communications Director of ChickTech Orange County. She has dedicated her time to ChickTech OC in hopes of empowering women and advocating for positive social change.

ChickTech is a registered 501(c)3