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. We are raising funds to support 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 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

Melissa Moreno | Gallup
Executive Director, Infrastructure & Security

Katie Barton | Gallup
Executive Director, Software Development & Services

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



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
Vanessa Denney
2285 South 67th Street Ste. 200
Omaha, NE 68106
Direct (402) 502-4132
Mobile (402) 580-9637