14th Annual Women in Technology Event
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Hosts 14th Annual Women in Technology Event to Promote STEM Education for Young Women
Boston, MA—On Wednesday, April 9th, Benjamin Franklin Institute ofTechnology (BFIT) will hold its 14th Annual Women in Technology (WIT)seminar at the college’s historic campus in the South End. More than 100female high school students are expected to attend the event. WITprovides an opportunity to learn about the value of STEM education byhearing from accomplished women in technical fields and throughinteractive technology-based workshops and team activities.
Anthony Benoit, BFIT’s 12th President, believes that it is vital torecruit young women into STEM education and graduate them into technicaljobs as part of the skilled workforce in MA. “Right here inMassachusetts, in just six years, we are going to be 36,000 associateand bachelor’s degrees short of what we need for the STEM workforce. Theannual WIT event is just one of the ways the college is trying toencourage young women to enter technical fields where both opportunityand earning potential are significantly higher.”
This year’s event will feature comments by Lisa Brennan, Market Managerat Grainger, Inc. and the keynote will be delivered by Anna MracekDietrich, COO and Co-Founder of the Woburn-based flying-car company,Terrafugia.
Anna Mracek Dietrich, Terrafugia’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) andCo-Founder, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from theDepartment of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and worked in largeaerospace before co-founding Terrafugia. Anna has received numerousawards for her work and is active in writing international standards forGeneral Aviation Aircraft, serves on the Board of Directors of Women inAviation International (WAI), and is a private pilot. Anna was namedone of the Boston area’s top 15 Innovators by the Boston Globe, was oneof the 10 women selected for the 6th annual Mass High Tech Women toWatch Award, and has been recognized by Engineers Week New England withtheir Annual Achievement Award. http://www.terrafugia.com/
Lisa Brennan, Market Manager at Grainger, Inc. has been with the companyfor 11 years and has held several key roles, working her way up tomanagement. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and SecondaryEducation from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA inGeneral Management from Simmons College in Boston.
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