As I have shared with some folks in the past, one of my favorite extracurricular activities for the last several years has been my engagement with a group based in Washington, D.C. called the Global Women’s Innovation Network. Known as GlobalWIN, this bipartisan organization provides a dynamic forum for women who are passionate about innovation and is now comprised of a network of executives as well as thought leaders in academia, government, and business who work in innovation-driven fields.
However, I can still remember the days of sitting around a conference table at my D.C. office for Qwest with Helen Milby, “connector-guru extraordinaire” and other women executives talking about what we could do to create a community of women in the tech community and what types of events we could host at the 2008 conventions in Denver and Minneapolis. Ten years have certainly flown by and now the list of folks involved in the organization is just as impressive as its leadership and includes companies like Disney, Microsoft, Charter, T-Mo, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Salesforce…and of course, NTCA! The activities have become far more robust, from foreign ambassadors coming to share their country’s perspectives, to job skills for women more junior in their career, to highlighting ways to incentivize entrepreneurship.
Today’s mission was a meeting with one of the organization’s honorary co-chairs, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia to explore ways we could highlight technology in her state and her active role not only as part of GlobalWIN but as head of the Senate Broadband Caucus. We discussed various initiatives to implement in West Virginia as well as topics for broadband discussions here in town. Sen. Moore Capito, a key member of the Senate Commerce Committee, is engaged and pragmatic and you can count me in for any project she wants to work on together!