The Women in IT Awards has announced that Tracey Welson-Rossman is the winner of the 2020 Advocate of the Year Award. The Chariot Solutions CMO and TechGirlz founder was recognized at the top of her field for going above and beyond to support the cause of getting more women and girls in IT. The award ceremony, held October 29, 2020 virtually, shines a light on those who break digital boundaries, promote the importance of diversity, and push for a more inclusive tech sector. Women in IT is an internationally recognized organization with a global reach.
Welson-Rossman, who founded TechGirlz to promote future female technologists, said that this award goes to the whole TechGirlz team. As a passionate promoter of diversity and inclusion in the tech workforce, Welson-Rossman said, “Girls and women can use tech to be disruptors and innovators, and society shouldn’t think that’s unusual. Women will be accepted as business leaders when it’s no big deal to see a woman in the role of a business leader or technologist.”
In addition to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at Chariot Solutions, Welson-Rossman serves on the advisory board of the Women in Tech Summit, board member of Creating IT Futures, as well as on the advisory board of the newly formed Future Works Alliance, a group that advocates for a more inclusive workforce. She also writes for Women@Forbes showcasing women who use tech to innovate in their industries.
“Technology is not just about coding. That is only one piece. We need to do a better job bringing technology learning into all aspects of education so girls and young women understand that technology is part of their future and our future, too. We have certainly learned from the pandemic how important tech is to all aspects of our lives.”
About Tracey Welson-Rossman
The founder and board member of TechGirlz is also Chief Marketing Officer for Chariot Solutions, a software development and consulting firm. Tracey is the founder and current chair of the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference. Her board memberships include Philadelphia Startup Leaders, Women in Tech Summit, and the Future Works Alliance. She also is a contributor for Women@Forbes.
TechGirlz is a nonprofit program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit of CompTIA, that inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students. TechGirlz’ vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers.
About Chariot Solutions
Chariot Solutions is the Philadelphia region’s top IT consulting firm specializing in custom software development, systems integration, mobile application development and training. Chariot creates software for its clients, both large and small, representing many industries. Despite the complexities involved in designing and building custom solutions, Chariot has achieved a nearly perfect track record of project success that spans close to 20 years.