BLACKS IN TECHNOLOGY

Stomping the Divide in the Nashville Area

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The mission of BIT-Nashville is to grow and strengthen the Nashville Black tech community by providing training, education, networking, and mentorship opportunities with the support of allies, partners, sponsors, and most importantly, our local members.

 

Mission

The mission of BIT-Nashville is to grow and strengthen the Nashville Black tech community by providing training, education, networking, and mentorship opportunities with the support of allies, partners, sponsors, and most importantly, our local members.

WHY DOES NASHVILLE NEED BIT?

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH

Tech jobs are projected to grow 15% in Middle TN by 2023, compared to the national projected growth (9%).

DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY

Currently, the number of available tech jobs in Middle TN is outpacing the number of available tech workers. (2,173 tech job postings per month)

LACK OF DIVERSITY

In addition, the Middle TN tech workforce is less diverse than the national average for an area of its size, being overwhelmingly white, and male. (76% white, and 73% male).

 

WHO ARE BIT MEMBERS?

The Blacks In Technology Foundation serves a number of tech related disciplines. Our 15,000+ member base includes, but is not limited to:

  • Students & Transitional Technologists
  • Technology Educators
  • IT Professionals
  • System Professionals
  • Tech Startup Founders & VCs
  • Technology Business Leaders
  • Non-Tech Workers

 

What do we do?

BIT-Nashville is strengthening the Nashville tech community by empowering our members with practical tools and guidance to start or advance their careers. By removing barriers to entry, we level the playing field through programs and resources that enable growth. Examples of some of these resources include:

  • EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
  • MENTORING INITIATIVES
  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Proposed Programs

BIT-Nashville programming is designed to build community, educate, and provide vital networking opportunities for our members. We are also open to discussing new programs that can be developed with the input of our corporate sponsors. We’d love to collaborate with you!

CAREER FAIRS

Partnerships, affiliations, and career services in participation with diverse tech talent.

HACK-A-THONS

Diverse, community involved Hack -A -Thons

VIRTUAL AND HYBRID EVENTS

Public Speaking, Virtual Presentation, Technical writing conferences, Professional platforms events, Monthly member meetings, and Meetups.

FUTURE ROADMAP

The ultimate goal of BIT-Nashville is to create an environment and community where black tech talent can grow and thrive. We intend to do this by: expanding recruitment efforts for diversity in tech, supporting tech education for underserved communities (k-12 and beyond), and providing career development opportunities for minorities in tech.

Step 1
Securing community partners.

Step 2
Supporting and initiating local technology programming.

Step 3
Assisting in diversifying the Nashville Tech talent pipeline.

Step 4
Working with the Nashville Tech Community to build an environment where diverse talent thrives.

 

CHAPTER SPONSORSHIP TIERS

Chapter sponsorship pricing is tiered, based on the population of the city and surrounding metropolitan area. Nashville is a Tier 2 city.

Become a part of our board

Sponsorship of BIT-Nashville includes a seat on our board. The board seat should be filled by a representative of your company that is interested in and committed to diversity in tech. We want our community partners to be able to stay connected with BIT-Nashville, and take part in leading the charge for change in the Nashville Tech community! We believe this is possible by allowing each partner to take an active part in our board

QUALIFICATIONS

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about BIT-Nashville’s mission and who may have a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

BIT-NASHVILLE ORGANIZERS

Holly Rachel
President
Pres@bitnash.org

Lena Winfree
Vice President
VP@bitnash.org

Blacks In Technology Foundation

501(c)(3) Non-Profit

EIN 82-2428981

Company Address

4132 Foxpoint Ridge Cleves, Ohio 45002