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We are honored to be selected by The Journal Record as the award recipient for "Program Making a Difference" at the Woman of the Year Gala, in recognition of our efforts for making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Oklahoma. Thank you to all of our members and sponsors for making OKWIT possible!

OKWIT had so much fun speaking with The University of Tulsa SWE and YP groups. We can't wait to see more awesome young women from TU at our future events. Thanks for having us!

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Join us in welcoming Diana Bittle as our newest Advisory Board member.

Her accomplishments are many and her drive for technology knows no bounds, so we are extremely excited to have Diana's passion for helping others and technical acumen with OKWIT!

Here is a little about her, so you can get to know her:

"As an Asian American, born in Adana, Turkey, I serve as the Vice President of Software Solutions for American Fidelity. Altogether, I have been in software development at American Fidelity for almost 19 years and absolutely love my job and company. I oversee a software development and integration group that consists of permanent colleagues, contractors, and interns. While working at American Fidelity, I completed my BS degree in Mathematics (the true love of my life) with an emphasis on Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma (Go Bronchos) and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!). Additionally, I have earned 35 industry and technology certifications, because I find myself easily bored when not studying something.

I currently serve on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation and also serve as the board Secretary. As a part of the OEF, I am the state co-chair for the Oklahoma MATHCOUNTS program, which is a middle school math competition program. I addition to serving on the Advisory Board for OKWIT, I am also the IT Sector Chief for the Infragard FBI program, and my family founded the Bittle Family Scholarship for women pursing Math or Technology degrees at Oklahoma universities. I love working in the community and have served on the Board of Directors for Free to Live, served as assistant den leader for my son’s Boy Scout den, and have volunteered for many non-profit organizations through Leadership OKC Class 35 (BCE) and my membership in Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

My main hobbies are photography and silversmithing, but I never met a craft I didn’t like. I have been married for 23 years to my high-school sweetheart, Steven – IT professional by day/musician by night, and have a 13 year old son who loves baseball and wrestling. So, my other hobbies include attending metal concerts, baseball games, and wrestling matches."

Follow the link below if you'd like to learn more about the MATCHCOUNTS program!
http://mathcountsok.org/

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Hey OKC members! Remember to RSVP for the OKWIT Cybersecurity Leadership Luncheon Livestream happening September 28th at the Will Rogers Theatre. We have an awesome panel of cybersecurity experts lined up, so get excited! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cybersecurity-leadership-luncheon-okc-tickets-37324673102?aff=es2

Although she is definitely not new to OKWIT, Diana Varnes has gained a new position as Board Secretary! We are so excited to have had Diana as a member of our leadership team and are confident in her abilities to go the extra mile in her new position! She is an integral member and we want you to join us in congratulating her and thanking her for all that she does for our mission to bridge the gap in STEM.

Diana is a Web Developer, COO and co-owner of Hickory Creative, a web development company out of Muskogee. She also coordinates the Techogee and Code for Muskogee meetup groups.

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