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CWW Member Meeting: Building Diversity and Supporting Women in Technology

Friday, September 22, 2017, 09:00am - 10:00am


A 2017 survey identified the top barriers faced by women in technology careers: a lack of mentors, a lack of female role models, gender bias, unequal growth opportunities, and unequal pay for the same skills. Kimberly Bertschy, an educator at Northwest Arkansas Community College, saw a need for women and minorities in her community to receive the tools and support required to push through those barriers and be successful in technology careers. She teamed with local women to offer training, networking, and mentorship to a wide range of women, from those just entering the world of tech to seasoned professionals.


Their organization, Women Heroically Accelerating Leadership and Empowerment in Technology (WhaleTech), launched in early 2017. At this CyberWatch West member meeting, Ms. Bertschy will discuss the community issues leading to the creation of WhaleTech, the positive outcomes they’ve seen, the future of advancing diversity in technology, and how you can help break down barriers.   


Kimberly Bertschy, Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of WhaleTech, received her B.S.E and M.S. at the University of Arkansas. She also obtained a M.S. Cybersecurity from Utica College, Utica, NY.  Kimberly is currently pursuing a Doctor of Science in Computer Science. Her research interests include security vulnerabilities in the embedded systems of heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, cybersecurity education, and the use of technology to facilitate violence. In addition to teaching, Kimberly advises the TALONS student club, participates with the campus Red Flag Campaign, and collaborates with community organizations to provide outreach in the areas of technology facilitated violence, internet safety, and cybersecurity. Prior to teaching, Kimberly was a Police Investigator for the University of Arkansas Police Department. During her nine years with UAPD, she received computer forensic training from the United States Secret Service and served on a joint task force with the FBI. Kimberly is an active member of the Infragard Arkansas Members Alliance and sits on the Board of Directors for ArkanSec, LLC.



This free online event is for representatives of CyberWatch West member schools and industry partners. Please sign up in advance on the CyberWatch West Webex registration page:  

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