WHY ARE WE HERE?
“There is uneven participation of women of color, with Asian (7%) women slightly over-represented for their proportion of the population, and Black (3%) and Latina (2%) women woefully under-represented. “ See NCWIT’s By the Numbers (www.ncwit.org/bythenumbers) and the NCWIT Scorecard
Many of you have seen the movie, Hidden Figures. At the end to the movie, you see the secretarial pool move into the data processing department (IT) with the help of some tutoring to understand computer programming languages. During the late 50’s and early 60’s, the data processing world was full of women. It certainly paid better than being a secretary, especially if you had a college degree. Through attrition, cronyism and the old boy network, women were replaced and white males took over the profession.
Fast forward to today, we have an industry that lacks diversity:
The TCGi Foundation’s mission is to connect Black girls & women to opportunities in tech by supporting their educational goals on the college level and soon the graduate level. The Foundation website also offers resources to help Black girls start their journey from middle school and expand their journey after securing a job in the field. We understand that the journey does not end with that first job. Now you have to shine. We will put women in touch with networks to help.
Additionally, the TCGi Foundation is partnering with other non-profits to provide additional resources, for example, Resident Scholars will provide a unique interactive job shadowing experience for high school students interested in careers leveraging STEM degrees. The Foundation is also partnering with a company that can provide upskilling classes to women who want to work in tech but need Java, Python or other coding skills. They will be trained in 8-week pods for specific job openings.
Support the TCGi Foundation and help us create the next generation of tech leaders. The TCGi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
To learn more about the TCGi Foundation visit us at tcgifoundation.org
TCGi FOUNDATION EVENTS
For information on the latest TCGi Foundation events go to the Foundation website’s events page. TCGi Foundation Events
TCGi FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
JOHN FITZPATRICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Technology Concepts Group Intl (TCGi) was saddened to announce the passing of John (Jack to his friends and family) Fitzpatrick on Sunday, April 25, 2021. John succumbed quickly to an aggressive form of lung cancer.
John had been with TCGi for a little over two years. In his role as Regional Account Manager, he was responsible for customer relations with numerous accounts who will all miss his gregarious personality and brilliant smile.
John enjoyed travel and spending time with his family. He had just returned from a few months in Orlando, FL enjoying the warmth while working remotely. He was an avid golfer and always looked forward to teeing off with friends and business associates. In remembrance, we’ve created both a graduate scholarship & Annual Golf Tournament in his name. You can click the link below to find out more details about our golf classic, which is geared to raise money for our scholarship programs.
This program was created to assist those who are looking to further their career, expand their knowledge of the technology world, and bring the infectious amount of enthusiasm that John brought.
DAWNA J. COLBERT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Dawna J. Colbert was a mother, grandmother and employee of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC . We lost her in 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Dawna was a runner, healthy living warrior and advocate for STEM education. Her work at TCGi reflected that. She was a leader in creating and consulting on major in-house technology projects for the company.
To continue her legacy, TCGi created this scholarship in Dawna’s name in celebration of the life she led and the vibrant energy she brought to the company. We miss her terribly, and she will always be a member of the TCGi family. This is the first scholarship to be given by the newly formed TCGI Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created by Avis Yates Rivers, CEO, Technology Concepts Group Intl. This scholarship will help with the college expenses of diverse female students in the STEM field.
Please donate to the Dawna J. Colbert Scholarship at our Go Fund Me .
National Center for Women & Information Technology
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
Sit With Me
Sit With Me was created by members of NCWIT, a non-profit coalition that works to increase diversity in computing and IT, to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story.
WBEC Metro NY
The Women’s Business Enterprise Council™ (WBEC Metro NY) is a dynamic community of certified women-owned businesses. By providing Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), WPEO helps women gain access to business opportunities across America. As a certified WBE, they gain access to Fortune 1000 companies plus ongoing advocacy, high-level networking events, educational opportunities, awards and the WPEO Done Deals™ challenge.