ITWS Invites Community to Women in Tech Event on February 7

ITWS Invites Community to Women in Tech Event on February 7

By Katie Malatino

February 3, 2023

Rensselaer’s Information Technology and Web Science program will host Know Your Value: Empowering Women in a Predominantly Male Industry at 4:30 p.m. on February 7, 2023 in Lally 102. It is the second of a series of three events geared toward women in the technology industry. Register online for this free event.

The panel, which includes successful ITWS alumnae, will cover building personal mission statements, impostor syndrome, and more. Panelists include Kayla Cinnamon ’18, Kat Lopez ’21, Chandler Maskal ’17, and Chelsea Renus ’17.

Cinnamon is a product manager 2 at Microsoft. Previously, she was program manager of Windows Terminal, which now ships in Windows and just became the default console experience. Cinnamon graduated with a bachelor’s in ITWS with a concentration in cognitive science and a minor in human computer interaction. Cinnamon then earned her master’s in IT with a concentration in human computer interaction.

Lopez is a full-stack developer and UI/UX designer for IBM Security. Lopez earned a bachelor’s in ITWS with a concentration in management information systems. She then graduated with a master’s in IT with a concentration in web science. After her freshman year, Lopez interned at an asset management firm working on their Salesforce implementation. At RPI, Lopez was the president of Science Ambassadors, through which she visited local schools.

Maskal has been a product manager since she graduated with her master’s in ITWS. Now, she is Senior Product Manager at Toast.

Renus is currently employed at Cisco. She earned her bachelor’s in ITWS and her master’s in systems engineering and technology management.

The next Women in Tech event will be Leadership and Networking: Being the Driver of Your Own Career on April 4.


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