PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
Although women make up roughly half of the overall workforce, they account for only about a quarter of the workforce in the STEM fields. For this event, we have assembled a knowledgeable and diverse panel of women to talk, through presentations and discussion, about the resources that assisted them in becoming successful. These resources are available to help girls, at an early age, who want to start down a STEM career path and to women who want to change to a career in a STEM field.
The event will be moderated by Itha Cao, the Senior Civic Innovation Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh, where she leads the City’s Civic Tech efforts through external partnerships and is the program manager of PGHLab, the City’s urban incubator for startups.
Claire Kelling: Pursuing a dual PhD in statistics and social data analytics through Penn State University, Claire has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to pursue a career in a STEM field and the help that is available along the way.
Tracey Welson-Rossman: A sought-after expert, advisor, and advocate for women in Technology, Tracey is a cofounder of Philadelphia-based software consulting firm Chariot Solutions and founder of TechGirlz. She has recently launched a new company in the health-tech space, Journal My Health.
Cathy von Birgelen: With extensive knowledge and experience applying digital media, marketing, and ecommerce technologies to support business growth, Cathy has consulted with many regional and national clients. She is also the founder of several businesses including TypoGraphic Systems, Inc., TeachMe2.com and StrategicMarketing.com.