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Pub Talk

"Don't Miss The Women! You Will Miss The Future!"


By Ms. Gloria Montano
Director, Virtual Development Center (VDC)
Institute for Women and Technology (IWT)

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Open to the Public. No fee. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

There are too few women creating future technology. Those who do, do not work in an environment where other women are viewed as interesting. Imagine if all the technology defining the future, and all the technology that men use were imagined and created by women. Something would be missing...half of the world's brilliance and ideas! Today, women's brilliance is missing and half of the technology that could be invented is lost. At this Pub Talk, learn how at the Institute for Women and Technology, they have collected more than 1,200 ideas from women and how they are finding ways to change systems so that women become jazzed to contribute to the development of ideas.

Gloria Montano is the Director of the Virtual Development Center (VDC) at the Institute for Women and Technology. Ms. Montano is a national past President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a non-profit educational and service organization founded in 1950, dedicated to increasing the number of women in engineering and ensuring their continued success as engineers and leaders. As a long time, active volunteer with SWE, Ms. Montano served in many other positions at the national, regional, and local levels since 1976. Ms. Montano is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) at the University of Texas at El Paso. MIE is an initiative sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the number of historically underrepresented minorities successfully completing Masters and Ph.D. programs in science, engineering, and mathematics. Ms. Montano is also on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The latter's mission is to increase the reach and effectiveness of organizations and individuals seeking to advance women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing valued services, resources, and venues that maximize both individual creativity and interdependent cooperation, collaboration, and synergism.

Ms. Montano has over 20 years of corporate experience that includes program management, customer and field support, and integrated circuit design at Compaq, Mentor Graphics, Teradyne EDA, Silicon Compiler, and IBM. Ms Montano holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at El Paso. For more information on Ms. Montano, visit: (

The Institute for Women and Technology ( is changing the world for women and technology. Its mission - to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology; to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women; and to help communities, industry, education, and government benefit from these increases - addresses technology's increasing impact on our economic, political, social, and personal lives.

The Institute for Women and Technology:
Increases the world's understanding that women's perspective and brilliance are critical for the expansion of positive technology.
Changes the systems, not the women. Education and workplaces need to change in ways that engage and build on women's ideas and vision.
Increases the visibility of women's impact on technology to each other and beyond, thus increasing understanding of their own and other women's brilliance.
Draws technical and non-technical women into technology by making the connection between technology creation and social impact.
Provides support for women inside of technology including networking, access to relationships and information, mentoring, and problem solving.

The Institute offers four different programs. The Virtual Development Center is an industry, academic, and community partnership, and research program aimed at finding new and innovative ways to involve women and girls in all aspects of technology. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference is the premier event for technical women in computing. The Systers Online Community for Women in Computing is the first and largest such online community engaging and supporting nearly 3,000 women in 38 countries. The Senior Women's Summit brings together an elite set of women who have become leaders in their fields, and includes representatives from academia, government, and industry.

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Institute for Women and Technology
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