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Chrysler hosts 8th gala

Chrysler Group to Host 8th Annual MCWT Signature Gala

DETROIT, Nov. 20, 2013Chrysler Group LLC will host the Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s eighth annual black-tie Signature Gala on Nov. 23.  Event proceeds will benefit the MCWT Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting women entering and staying in information technology careers.

“At Chrysler, we believe it is our diversity of talents and perspectives that allow us to take visionary approaches and strategically apply new technologies for the benefit of our diverse business partners and customers,” said Scott Sandschafer, vice president and chief information officer - Chrysler Group LLC.  “Our partnership with MCWT not only supports this philosophy, it helps to increase the number of women in the information technology industry, which traditionally lags behind other industries in its utilization of women.”

The gala will take place at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Mich., complete with a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and desserts and dancing. The event offers opportunities to network with professionals dedicated to seeing Michigan’s IT industry thrive. Registration is available at

“Our organization was founded by a group of IT visionaries who thrived on volunteerism and remained dedicated to fostering one another’s professional growth and encouraging young women to pursue technology careers,” said MCWT President Maru Flores. “With each year, we build on the foundation they created, expanding our reach and impact.

“While there is much more work ahead to achieve our aspiring  vision of becoming the No. 1 state for women in technology, we are energized by the ongoing commitment of our supporters, partners and volunteers.”

Since 2012, MCWT has built a mid-Michigan presence, strengthened its mentoring program, extended member learning courses online, offered an additional summer technology camp, enhanced its student website design competition and launched a workshop series to help in-transition women find their next career opportunity. The organization continues to positively impact youth, teachers, professionals and companies throughout the state. 

More than 49 companies are supporting the gala, including Diamond event sponsors Worldwide Technologies and Dell, and Emerald sponsors General Motors, CSC, and PWC. 

About MCWT

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology strives to inspire and grow women in technology fields, with an aspirational vision to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences for professionals and students. Its non-profit Foundation provides programs and funds supporting the education and orientation of young women throughout school and fostering women in various stages of their professional lives. Find more information at and connect via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and

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