women in it initiative


women in it

Diverse teams create innovative work. Yet, few women see a career for themselves in information technology. We want to change that. The Women in IT Initiative is part of a community-driven task force, designed to recruit and retain women in University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology programs. There have never been more career opportunities in IT than there are today. Together, we can help fight the IT workforce shortage and diversify the IT talent pool in Omaha.



We’re driven by the goal to tackle the IT workforce deficit and create a diverse IT talent pool. $400,000 will be raised over the next five years, to recruit and retain women in IT degree programs. Starting immediately, $250,000 will be raised by August 2013 in order to fund activities designed to introduce young women to IT. These activities include a mentorship program for IS&T female students, participation in nationally recognized conferences and activities, and an immersion experience for middle and high school students. This endowment will also fund $70,000 in scholarships for IS&T undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. Join us in helping more students find their place in IT.


task force

Sue Thaden | CRi
Task Force Chair and President and CEO

Susan Courtney | BlueCross BlueShield
Senior Vice President Information Services and Chief Information Officer

Lynne Baldwin | Baldwin Hackett & Meeks, Inc.

Melissa Crawford | Physicians Mutual
Senior Vice President, Markets, Products and Technology

Karen Krabbe | Union Pacific Railroad
Assistant Vice President Systems Engineering

Philip R. Ruhlman | The Gallup Organization
Chief Information Officer 

Tom Sivo | Interpublic Group of Companies
Chief Technology Officer 

Scott Tylski | ConAgra Foods
Vice President of Information Technology

Terry Hanna | University of Nebraska Foundation
Director of Development 

Hesham H. Ali | College of Information Science and Technology

Deepak Khazanchi | College of Information Science and Technology
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



The time to act is now. Hear from Omaha leaders about the importance of women in the workforce.

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Talk to your school's principal, your neighbor, your daughter, whoever you think needs to know the importance of introducing more women to information technology. We've put together a tool kit you can print off and help you with your discussions:


Across the nation, the information technology sector grows everyday. As more opportunities present themseleves, there are not enough skilled professionals to fill open positions.

The output for information technology fields is expected to grow at an average of 6.1% every year.

Women are projected to account for 51% of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018.

IT Workforce Deficit by 2020


of all computing and information science degrees were earned by women in the U.S.


of all computing-related occupations are held by women in the U.S.

57.4% of bachelor's degrees awarded in the U.S. from 2009 to 2010 were earned by women.


The need to build a robust talent pool of highly-qualified IT professionals is immediate. There is a great opportunity to not only tackle the national IT workforce deficit, but to also invite more women into the profession.

Research shows gender diversity in the IT workforce improves innovation, productivity, and competitiveness.

Teams with mixed gender had patents that were cited 26% to 42% more often than average.

Organizations having the highest number of women in their management teams produced 34% higher return on investment than those with few or no women.

A study of over 100 teams across 21 companies found teams with equal numbers of men and women are more likely to be creative, to share knowledge, and to complete tasks, in comparison to teams with any other configuration.

opportunity in omaha to bulid the it talent pipeline

The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology is uniquely positioned to address the critical shortage of women in IT. The Women in IT Initiative will drive our mission to educate and build a diverse workforce of talented IT professionals.

2013 Omaha Job Market

2013 IS& Enrollment

The Women in IT Fund is dedicated to doubling the number of females enrolled as an IS&T undergradute by 2015.

women in it fund

to fund a multitude of activities introducing and further inspiring young women to find their place in the IT profession.

  • An Immersion Experience for Middle and High School Girls
  • Nebraksa Affiliate NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award for High School Girls
  • Mentoring Program to Transition College Students to the Workforce

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IS&T allows aspiring information technology professionals to discover and pursue their deepest passions through our 11 undergraduate and graduate computing and interdisciplinary programs.

Our students are some of the top competitors in IT.

2012-2013 IS&T Freshman Class

average ACT Score

within top 10% of their HS class

within top half of their HS Class

2012-2013 UNO Students

Upon graduation, IS&T undergraduates made nearly $20,000 more than the average UNO student.

The UNO student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1.

78% of classes at UNO are under 40 students.

IS&T's average class size is 11 students.



University of Nebraska at Omaha College of IS&T
Amanda Rucker
1110 S. 67th Street, PKI 172
Omaha, NE 68106
Direct (402) 554-2070
Fax (402) 554-3284

University of Nebraska Foundation
Terry Hanna
2285 South 67th Street Ste. 200
Omaha, NE 68106
Direct 402-502-0300
Toll-Free 800-432-3216
Fax 402-502-4123