Episode 28 of the Mavens Do It Better Podcast features Christine Bongard, President and Co-Founder of The WIT Network. Christine is the main spokesperson for the organization and regularly speaks on behalf of The WIT Network at events and hosts all “We’ve Got WIT” webinars. Her job is to see that the mission and passion of The WIT Network is carried out. She also leads the global community currently consisting of 80 chapters in 40 countries. She has been actively involved as a leader for Women in Technology for four years and was honoured with the WIT Community Champion award by Microsoft in 2017.
Prior to the WIT Network, Christine helped start a Microsoft Gold Partner company. At the ripe age of 25 she became an entrepreneur. Over the years she learned how to run a company managing everything from sales to finance to operations. Additionally, the experience provided an opportunity for Christine to build and grow her relationships in the Microsoft channel as a participant on many Advisory Councils for Microsoft.
Christine was “Born to Run” as a Jersey Girl and never misses an opportunity to spend time at the beach in her spare time. She has a love for travel and is in pursuit of completing a visit to all 50 U.S. states, with only 7 left to go. Christine adopts retired racing greyhounds and currently has two lovable pups, Fleetwood and Leo who also keep her “on the run”.
Christine and Heather caught up in New York City at One World Trade Center.
Listen in as Heather talks with Christine about:
The transformation and launch of The WIT Network, a community of professionals that believe in making it easier for women to imagine, begin, and develop a career in IT and their upcoming inaugural International Women’s Day Event this week happening in Kansas City
How important diversity is to output for a business, and how male allies and conversations are happening in our industry and how The WIT Network is facilitating those conversations.
Learnings of how to not just check a diversity box and getting educated, create solutions together for the good of companies and our world at large.