PORTLAND, OR, August 5, 2019 – ChickTech, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that encourages girls and women to pursue careers in technology, announced today that Janice Levenhagen has stepped down from her position as CEO, and that the Board of Directors has named Katie SanFilippo, previously National Program Director, as ChickTech’s interim CEO.
“Through Janice’s leadership and dedication, ChickTech has grown from a small passion project to the wide-reaching, national nonprofit it is today,” said Steve Hufford, President of the Board of Directors. “We understand and support her decision to step down to pursue her next steps in her career and wish her the very best. I am confident that working with Katie and ChickTech’s leadership team, the organization will enjoy continued success in the future.”
“ChickTech is a much-needed organization pushing for gender equity in tech, and I look forward to watching it continue to impact many girls and women. It’s been a privilege to grow it from an idea to a powerful national movement with the help and support of such a vibrant and committed community.” said Levenhagen.
The Board of Directors selected senior leadership staff member Katie SanFilippo as interim CEO while they conduct their nationwide search for a new CEO. SanFilippo joined ChickTech in 2016 as the Midwest Regional Director before being promoted to ChickTech’s National Programs Director in 2018.
“I am honored to lead the organization as ChickTech’s interim CEO during this time of transition and change,” said SanFilippo. “Janice will be greatly missed, and I wish her all the best as she steps into the next stage of her life and career.”
“Janice’s vision of a community where all girls and women feel empowered and supported in the tech community has allowed ChickTech to reach countless future and current technologists, allies, and supporters,” continued SanFilippo. “I am confident in our staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors as we continue to steadily move this extraordinary vision forward during this crossroads of growth and opportunity.”
ChickTech is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. With 27 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, ChickTech offers educational workshops, mentoring, and internship opportunities for high school girls who aspire to technology careers. Additionally, ChickTech provides career events for women in technology fields to create a supportive community of professionals to network, grow their skills, and discover employers looking for exceptional talent. For more information, visit www.chicktech.org.
Contact: Dani Gehm, Marketing Manager – ChickTech
(971) 645-7284 | [email protected]