Women in Technology Announces Graduation of The Leadership Foundry’s Class of 2018

Falls Church, VA – July 30, 2018 --Women in Technology (WIT), the Washington, DC region’s premier professional association dedicated to the advancement of women in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia technology community, recently announced the graduation of The Leadership Foundry’s Class of 2018.

In June, 19 women entrepreneurs and senior executives from a broad spectrum of regional businesses concluded the nine-month program of The Leadership Foundry, designed to prepare professional women from the area to serve on corporate boards.

Participants receive an intensive board training session in cooperation with the National Association of Corporate Directors. They also participate in monthly training and networking sessions with board recruiters, professional development experts and others. More information, including profiles for the members of the 2018 class, can be found here.

Women currently hold only 14.7 percent of board seats in publicly traded companies in the DC, MD, VA region, according to an October 2017 report jointly issued by WIT and the Kogod School of Business at American University. That figure is below the national average for all Fortune 1000 companies.

“There is still much work to be done in achieving gender diversity in the boardroom. And with our region reporting in significantly behind the nation, we are pleased to be making a difference with our program. The class of 2018 is an outstanding group of women prepared to join boards in their work guiding companies, and our alumnae now total 115.  Several board seats have been filled by our graduates, and we expect the class of 2018 to take their share of seats,” said Marguerete Luter, chair of The Leadership Foundry.

The Leadership Foundry is currently reviewing applications and will select participants for the class of 2019 in August.

About Women in Technology (WIT)
Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of advancing women in technology—from the classroom to the boardroom—by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring and technology education. With nearly 1000 members in the Washington, D.C. area, WIT strives to meet its vision of being the premier organization empowering women to be architects of change in the technology industry. For more information, please visit http://www.womenintechnology.org/ or connect with us via: Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter (@WITWomen).