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MTAM ‘Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech’ Event Announces Community Partners and Panel Moderator

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) announces Moderator and several Community Partner organizations for June 22nd ‘Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech’ event

Jun. 10, 2015 / PRZen / DETROIT -- The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is proud to announce the addition of several community partner organizations and the moderator for its upcoming ‘Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech’ event. This event will serve as the launch of MTAM’s statewide ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ Advisory Council, as well as an opportunity for women seeking careers utilizing these technologies to hear from an incredible panel of successful women working in the field.

Non-profit Community Partners joining the event to-date include: the Michigan STEM Partnership, Girl Develop It – Detroit and Girl Develop It – Ann Arbor. Each Community Partner is able to offer its members a registration discount to attend the event, and members of these organizations should contact their organization leadership to receive the appropriate registration discount codes.

The ‘Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech’ event takes place on Monday, June 22nd from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Club located in Bloomfield Hills. Those interested in attending the event can register at http://www.MessageBlocks.com/MTAMWomenInMobileTech. On-site registration WILL NOT be available.

Moderating the event will be MTAM’s ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ Advisory Council Chairperson, Janette Phillips, Business Development Director for Chrysalis Global, and former Executive Director for the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT). Of this MTAM effort Phillips says, “What MTAM is creating in support of women in tech is something that has been very important to me for a long time. This new initiative will provide women interested in mobile/wireless technologies – in any industry – a forum to learn, network and support each other in this rapidly growing tech field.”

Being an educational resource for women interested in development careers, Girl Develop It-Detroit and Ann Arbor chapters see value in the collaboration with MTAM. GDI-Detroit Chapter Leader and Instructor, Leeann Drees says, “We’re very excited to be part of the event! We love that MTAM, like us, is focused on educating adult women and helping them make rewarding career changes. We’ve definitely seen a lot of interest in learning mobile skills from our members, and are happy to have the chance to connect them with women in the industry.”

Michigan STEM Partnership Executive Director, Gary Farina states, “Because of Michigan STEM Partnership’s work with employers around the state, we are acutely aware of the tremendous shortages of trained and experienced candidates to fill the many available mobile/wireless tech openings from those employers. We support MTAM’s goal to bring together the various stakeholders to collaborate on solutions which will enable these job openings to be filled in a timely manner with candidates who are well-trained for those roles and highly enthusiastic about the career and business opportunities these technologies provide, and we are therefore happy to be involved with this event.”

Regarding the need for the ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ Advisory Council and this launch event, MTAM’s Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “We believe that Michigan businesses, and the economic development needs of the state, require a time-sensitive solution for filling mobile/wireless tech job openings and that there are many women in Michigan who could be that potential solution. This event and the ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ Advisory Council seek to bring together partners from other non-profits, and from the education, business, and government communities to help find those time-sensitive solutions. We’re actively seeking partners who want to work with us on solving this problem in Michigan because we believe solving it here gives Michigan an advantage in driving companies to relocate, launch and grow here.”

The ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ launch event will feature a panel of women leaders in the mobile/wireless tech space from a cross-section of industries involved in providing or using mobile/wireless tech, including:

•   Jenny Deason-Copeland, Network Project Manager, AT&T Mobility

•   Suzanne Chartier, VP/Director of Engineering Services, eyeWyre Software Studios

•   Meredith Phillips, Chief Privacy & Information Security Officer, Henry Ford Health System

•   Kimberly Green-Kerr, Regional Vice-president, Sprint Business

•   Linda Marshall, a telecommunications industry consultant, and former President of the OnStar division of General Motors, COO of Revel Wireless, and VP Corporate Strategy for Sprint/Nextel

•   Krischa Winright, CIO, Priority Health; VP of Information Systems, Spectrum Health

Those organizations interested in being involved as Community Partners or Sponsors should contact MTAM at info@GoMobileMichigan.org.

About the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

MTAM is a non-profit trade association for Michigan’s mobile / wireless technologies, the firms who provide them, and the firms – in all industries – who use them. The organization's mission is to facilitate conversation / collaboration between varied sectors of the mobile/wireless eco-system and serve as the bridge to enable diverse organizations to understand each other’s perspectives and needs in order to drive new innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. Information about MTAM can be found at www.GoMobileMichigan.org.

MTAM is also the statewide producer of Mobile Monday Michigan – a mobile / wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 2800 members state-wide.

About the Michigan STEM Partnership

The Michigan STEM Partnership is a statewide public-private collaborative that includes educators, employers, legislators and many others who are concerned about creating the new economy and addressing the current lack of STEM skills in school children and job applicants. The STEM Partnership is one of 20 state organizations that comprise the STEMx Network, a grassroots movement that provides a platform for sharing, analyzing and disseminating quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators.

The STEM Partnership is the connector and statewide communicator between employers, educators, students, parents, and legislators and it is playing a major role in addressing and answering these important questions for everyone in the state through collaboration, partnerships and an effective communication process.

About Girl Develop It – Detroit/Ann Arbor

Girl Develop It is a non-profit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, Girl Develop It helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their technology goals and build confidence in their careers and their everyday lives. Girl Develop It- Detroit is one of 45+ chapters nationwide, has hosted over 100 events, and serves over 1700 members! Girl Develop It-Ann Arbor recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has hosted almost 50 events, and serves over 900 members!

Source: Mobile Technology Assn of Michigan

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