New technology organization focuses on Columbia women

Monday, June 11, 2012 | 6:51 p.m. CDT; updated 9:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 11, 2012

COLUMBIA — A new group is aimed at encouraging women to work and lead in technology.

Girls in Tech, an international social network, focuses on empowering women in technology while also exposing them to personal and professional opportunities in the field, co-founder Emily Eldridge said.

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That's why she and co-founders, Natalie Stezovsky and Jami Oetting, started a mid-Missouri chapter.

"We wanted to have a really constructive dialogue (about women in technology and entrepreneurial work)," Eldridge said. "We wanted to do something with like-minded women." 

Eldridge and Oetting graduated from MU in 2009 and 2007 respectively; Stezovsky graduated from Stephens College in 2011. All three work for Pure, a strategic communications organization in Columbia. Each has experience or an educational background in strategic communications, advertising and social media.

The group is modeled on Girls in Tech chapters in cities around the world.

"Sometimes you have to give people opportunities in order to get to the forefront of the scene," Eldridge said.

The group's first meeting, last Thursday, attracted 25 women. The next meeting has not been scheduled.

One plan for meetings is to showcase women already successful in technology careers. The group also will get involved with educational forums, volunteer activities and community partnerships.

Girls in Tech mid-Missouri welcomes women interested in furthering their technological personal and professional lives. Information can be found on the group’s Facebook page or by emailing Eldridge at

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Mike Martin June 12, 2012 | 4:12 p.m.

Hmm. Though I like the idea as a D.A.D. (Dad and Daughter), I'm not feeling the public relations love for this name as a standalone.

How about Women in Tech (W.I.T) or Females in Tech (F.I.T.)?

Or a more high-powered name with a "Girls in Tech" division aimed at school-age kids?

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