Oklahoma Women in Technology (OKWIT) is a nonprofit organization of professionals in the technology industry, with a determination to bridge the gap between genders in STEM fields. Their goal is to better network and promote women within the industry across Oklahoma while educating and encouraging young women to continue their interest and studies in STEM fields.
To increase awareness of technology careers, OKWIT hosts a Behind the Scenes retreat for 100 young women (ages 13 – 18 years old) that will allow for these attendees to 1) meet and hear from two technology professionals about their careers via short presentations, 2) tour their technology departments and 3) tour the data centers at three different local enterprise-level companies. The goal of the Behind the Scenes event is show the wide range of careers and environments that are available in the technology industry. The event also helps foster networking or mentoring opportunities as well as resources for students as they look toward the possibilities of STEM degrees.
OKWIT relies on scholarships donated by local businesses and individuals to put on their Spring Retreat each year.