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Mission Statement

Women in IT ChangeMakers will support and provide outreach to under-represented women in technology.  The gender gap is wider in executive leadership, and cyber-security.  It is important to not only establish a network of leaders, but resources and partnerships that can advance creativity and opportunities for women.  Who best to establish this, then the women that are impacted by this disparity.  It's our mission to build an influential and sustainable network of women leaders to increase number of women in technology.  This includes traditional and non-traditional roles such as cybersecurity.  To establish partnerships, resources and strategies to build a strong pipeline of women leaders in IT where this ERG would no longer be needed.

The Women IT ChangeMakers provide professional and personal growth opportunities, impact business results and ensure diversity and inclusion are woven into the DNA of our culture. Our Women’s IT ChangeMakers ERG was created specifically to help empower, develop and support the continued success of State of Minnesota female employees through mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities. This inclusive group supports our workforce diversity goals and business objectives by creating a supportive environment where women can connect, feel a sense of community, share ideas and have an important voice in Minnesota government.


Chairs/Co-Chairs: Colette Johnson
Champions: Jenna Covey/Zarina Baber
Secretary: Kendall Johnson


Outreach: Axelina Swenson- Chair/ Co-Chair (Open)
Accountability: Marie Kennedy- Chair/ Co-Chair (Open)
Leadership: Colette Johnson- Chair/ Cathy Russell- Co-Chair

If you are interested in filling an open co-chair, contact Ellena or Colette.

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