News: City Tech Launches New Cybersecurity Training Pilot for Women in Chicago

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City Tech Launches New Cybersecurity Training Pilot for Women in Chicago

On February 1, the Chicago Connectory welcomed City Tech Collaborative and its key partners to the space as they announced the launch of a new cybersecurity training pilot for women in Chicago. The pilot is a collaborative effort ran by ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program and with the goal of narrowing the gender gap in one of Chicago’s most in-demand technology fields.

The event started with Andrea Zopp, CEO of World Business Chicago, discussing the goal of digital inclusion, followed by an introduction to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mayor Emanuel then spoke about how excited the City of Chicago is to implement this pilot and how important programs like this are to the Chicago community.

Currently, women make up less than a quarter of the cybersecurity workforce in the U.S. Since the cybersecurity field is predicted to grow rapidly, the SheLeadsTech program works towards closing the opportunity gap by offering concrete careers paths for women in the City of Chicago. This program will test the impact of offering free cybersecurity training for women entering the technology field.

“Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to secure sensitive data and information technology,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This program will sharpen the skillsets of more women to compete in one of the fastest-growing industries, strengthening our city’s unparalleled workforce and reinforcing Chicago’s standing as a global leader for cybersecurity.”

City Tech collaborated with Anita.B and ISACA to produce a team that could implement this pilot. Bosch, City College of Chicago, the City of Chicago, Clarity Partners, Comcast, Columbia College of Chicago, the Grand Victoria Foundation and Microsoft are all contributing resources to make this pilot a success.

“The pilot is exactly the right thing to do!” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of “It shows, by action and not by talk, how a city can help level the playing field for their women in tech and provides positive proof for both their residents and their local corporations that they support their long-term technology infrastructure.”

City Tech Collaborative

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