The stats on women in tech continue to look discouraging in 2019 with only 25 percent of computing jobs held by women, and turnover among those women more than twice as high as it was for men, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Technovation[MN] wants to change those stats by giving girls hands-on, entrepreneurial experience, and they’ve selected Lisa Schlosser to help them from her new Executive Director role.
Technovation[MN] inspires and enables teen girls, ages 10-18, to invent, design, code and pitch digital apps. Working with professional mentors, all-girl teams develop a real-world combination of technical and entrepreneurial skills. The organization provides educational programs including the Technovation Challenge and Amazon’s Alexa Skills Challenge.
“With the growth of Technovation[MN] in capturing the inner technologists and entrepreneur in teenage girls, it was time for the organization to bring in a dedicated leader. Lisa’s work in the for-profit and non-profit space, as well as her passion for bringing more women into technology, made her the ideal candidate. We are thrilled to have her on board,” said Shawn Stavseth, Technovation[MN] Co-Founder and Digital Learning Experience Practice Lead.
Schlosser fell in love with mathematics when she was the same age as the students she’ll serve, and she’s put those problem solving skills to good use over a 30-plus year career in tech. Her most recent position was as vice president and chief technology officer for FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business. But, while she might be the exception to many of the stats on women in tech, she’s no stranger to the problems women in the industry face.
A former member of the AnitaB.org board — which recently hosted over 25,000 (mostly) women in technology in their annual Grace Hopper Celebration — and a current member of the MHTA board, she believes strongly in volunteerism and making STEM opportunities available to girls.
“I’m very excited to work with the Technovation[MN] board members to build upon their extremely successful programs that bring awareness to girls of the fun and fulfilling careers in technology,” Schlosser said.