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TechGirlz is an area nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology occupations.

For our most recent effort, we held a workshop teaching 11 middle-school girls how to create podcasts with a smart phone and Audacity software. The workshop was held at our suburban Philadelphia office on Feb. 16 and was part of a program created by TechGirlz, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology occupations.

Vitalyst’s Chante Bennett, Mary Hazel McDermott, Janet Carroll, Kellie Cochran and Judy Rudolph helped the girls create podcasts from start to finish. For Bennett, who was the main presenter and coordinator, it was three hours well spent.

“I enjoyed seeing them get excited about being creative,” she said. “I enjoyed brainstorming ideas and getting them to open up on things that they are passionate about.”

TechGirlz holds workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp aimed at giving middle-school girls hands-on experience with different kinds of technology and connecting them with female role models working in tech fields. Visit the organization’s web site for more information.

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