Brooks and DelBene to Co-Chair Women’s High Tech Coalition
The Women’s High Tech Coalition (WHTC) announced today that Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-5) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) will serve as the organization’s new Congressional Co-Chairs. The Coalition works to connect women in high-tech and public policy positions in order to foster conversation and cooperation on issues of mutual concern.
“The WHTC has worked for more than a decade to facilitate discussion between high-tech business leaders and policymakers,” Brooks said. “Having an environment for open, nonpartisan dialogue is vital to finding and implementing policies that will help American workers thrive in a dynamic and tech-driven global economy. I am thrilled to be working with Congresswoman DelBene and the entire WHTC team to continue empowering women with the resources needed to achieve career success and move our economy forward.”
“To stay competitive in the global economy and to spur job growth, we must have policies that foster innovation. To do this, it’s important to have a forum that encourages a thoughtful, robust exchange of ideas between policymakers and the private sector,” said DelBene. “WHTC has been the place for this dialogue since 2000 and I am honored to join Congresswoman Brooks as one of WHTC’s congressional co-chairs. I look forward to continuing WHTC’s work to engage women in both the private and public sector in addressing the major economic issues facing our country today.”
The WHTC hosts several networking and policy events each year, which tackle a wide range of issues including jobs, STEM education, professional development and corporate management structures. Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, current Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and former Treasury Secretary John Snow have all headlined previous member gatherings.
"The WHTC is grateful for the leadership of Representatives Brooks and DelBene and we look forward to working with these dynamic and dedicated public servants as we strive to advance opportunities for women in the technology sector,” said WHTC Executive Director Melissa Cortese Foxman.
The organization was founded in 2000 and is a 501[c] non-profit. Previous Congressional Co-chairs include current representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL23) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19) as well as former representatives Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO8) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA45). To learn more, please visit http://www.womenshightech.org/.
About Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks
Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks serves on the Education and the Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is a former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Prior to serving in Congress, she was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College where she led statewide workforce development and job training efforts.
About Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene serves on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees. She has more than two decades of experience in the private sector as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader. She helped found drugstore.com as its Vice President of Marketing and Store Development, was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s mobile communications business and was CEO and President at Nimble Technology, a software start-up based on technology developed at the University of Washington. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Washington State Department of Revenue.