Women Working in Technology (WWiT) strives to promote and empower women in the field of technology. The foundations from which we operate are a focus on connecting, educating, and inspiring individuals in their educational and professional pursuits. WWiT’s members (women and men) work with girls in middle school and high school to encourage them to study STEM related fields, and with college students to support, educate and inspire them as they enter professional careers. We seek to act out our foundational goals with community outreaches, an annual conference for professional development, and monthly educational sessions for college students.
Established in 2008 by the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, The WWiT initiative is also supported by the College of Communication, Information, and Media. In addition to the generous support from CICS and CCIM, WWiT has gained other generous sponsors who align with our core values. It is our goal that together with our sponsors, WWiT can encourage current technology professionals and impact the professionals of the future hands of this amazing community!
CONNECT through mentorships and networking events.
EDUCATE through girls’ outreach, monthly Lunch & Learns, an annual conference and women’s leadership webinars.
INSPIRE women and professionals in technology fields to thrive.
Kirsten D. Smith is the associate director, technology officer and labs manager at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University. CICS is a graduate program at the intersection of technology and business.
As associate director, she participates in strategic and tactical plans for the health and growth of the unit and advices all incoming students. As technology officer and labs manager, she schedules and trains graduate assistants, provides faculty support by developing labs for a variety of classes, advises student projects, and oversees testing. Kirsten is the director of and faculty advisor to the Software Testing Institute (STI) within CICS, working with industry partners on usability and other issues.
Kirsten chairs the Women Working in Technology initiative at Ball State. The WWiT initiative also focuses on girls in technology with mentoring and career exploration opportunities for undergraduate women and K-12 girls. The goal is to encourage girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers.
Kirsten is on the Leadership Board of Indiana National Girls Collaborative Project, a STEM out of school experience for girls and on the leadership committee of Indiana’s Million Women Mentors movement.