DC Web Women


Website: dcwebwomen.org
Twitter: @dcww
Facebook: DC Web Women
Founders: Shellie Holubek and Debbie Weil
Members: 3,000+

Overview

DC Web Women (DCWW) is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit trade association with a mission to inspire, educate and encourage girls and women in technology. DCWW is one of the largest tech organizations for women in the DC metro area. [1] The organization provides a community where girls and women can develop and promote their leadership, technical and professional skills. DCWW partners with organizations and companies to co-sponsor events and job fairs for women working in technology. [5]  DCWW offers educational, career-focused programs, outreach events, trainings for all levels, educational lectures, seminars, networking, and career services. DCWW Outreach initiatives include: “Girls Rock On the Web “ and their ongoing DCWW Mentorship Program.  The organization also has a very active mailing list of over 3,000 women and men. Members of DCWW are professional women, students, and tech enthusiasts from interactive design and development to digital marketing.

Organizers

  • President – Sibyl Edwards
  • Steering Committee Director – Karen Rosen
  • Steering Committee Assistant Director – Estela Rueda
  • Secretary – Chasity Cooper
  • Treasurer – Christina Dzingala

History

Headquartered in Washington D.C., and originally known as 'DC Webgrrls,'  DC Web Women was founded by Shellie Holubek and Debbie Weil on April 29, 1995.  Driven to fulfill her own professional needs, Debbie Weil started the DC Webgrrls group in the summer of 1995 based on the lack of women's web groups in DC.  She wanted to build a networking community where women in webs design, development, and new media could gather and collaborate, and she decided that an online presence would be the perfect avenue for women to find and engage with each other. [7] Originally, it was required to be female to join DCWW, but in 2013, after 20 years of operation, DCWW opened their doors to men. [1]

THEY'RE ABOUT

Women, Technology, Professional Development


References

  1. Joanna Pineda "DC Web Women - Connecting and Educating Tech Professionals" Matrix Group International, Inc. October 9, 2014
  2. Lalita Clozel "Tech The Halls — DC tech’s holiday party — bigger than ever" Technical.ly December 5, 2014
  3. Kira M. Newman "30+ Organizations for Women in Technology" Tech Cocktail July 26, 2012
  4. Allyson Jacob "Women and girls find their "a-ha" coding moments" Elevation DC June 11 2013

  5. Bonnie Perry "DC Web Women celebrate women in technology" Examiner May 13, 2011

  6. Celia Mendive "MARCH 8TH, 2009- INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY" Govloop March 8, 2009

  7. Ryan Thornburg "Women's Web Group Dishes Online Advice" The Washington Post December 11, 1997