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Need for women in technology-related careers, education focus of annual Women and Technology conference

By JOHN DAHLIA

NCWV Media

Stephanie Pethtel of Allegheny Science & Technology and Lauren Linger of KeyLogic both attended the 2018 Women in Technology conference at Embassy Suites in Charleston Monday.
(NCWV photo by John Dahlia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Under representation of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math was the driving force behind the 2018 Women and Technology Conference held in Charleston Monday, according Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect WV.

“The word is starting to spread,” Barth said of the 25 percent growth in attendance this year. “I also think we’re reaching some critical mass from the private sector.”

The day-long conference held at the Embassy Suites Hotel included presentations from successful women working in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, careers. Dr. Afrin Naz, an associate professor with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at West Virginia University Institute of Technology led one of the panel discussions on a mentor-protégé program she created called EMPOWER.

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