Girls should learn history. And Make it.” — Malala Yousafzai. March is Women’s History Month. It’s a perfect time to check in with Indy Women in Tech and chat about their trailblazing efforts to make history.


March 30, 2023 – Episode # 81

Women Making History featuring Jessica Maginn, Ariel Crawley, and Kristan Rusell

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women to events in history, culture, and society. The annual Presidential Proclamation recognizes great women such as Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks,  Laura Shaw Murra (born: Laura Rand Orthwein, Jr.), a.k.a. Laura X, provoked a rally cry in 1969 to re-ignite and expand the largely forgotten International Women’s Day (tracing back to 1911), citing it was unfair for half the human race to have only one day a year. Today, people in the U.S. proudly pay tribute to their foremothers during the month-long observance.


With the same fierce determination as the incredible women before them. Indy Women in Tech (IWIT), a nonprofit organization hailing from Indianapolis, IN, inspires women and girls of all ages to pursue STEM-related employment by introducing them to experiences and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The team at IWIT is dedicated to breaking barriers and providing the necessary financial support, mentoring, training, and education.

In this episode, we’re joined by IWIT’s Jessica Maginn (Marketing & Communications), Ariel Crawley (Community Engagement), and Kristan Russell (Event Planning). This dynamic trio expounds stamina, perseverance, vigor, and attitude in the charge to close the gender gap for women in tech. They are developing everyday role models to change the narrative for women in STEM careers and encourage young women to be who they want to be.

Ada Lovelace would be proud.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Importance of STEM education in grades K – 5.
  • Ignite Your Superpower!
  • Partnerships between local forces to assist women with entering, re-entering, or transitioning into the tech workforce.
  • Education and training resources that empower women and help them succeed in a tech-related career.
  • Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim.
  • IWIT’s FREE events, workshops, networking, and educational programming.

Connect with IWIT’s team on Linked In: Jessica Maginn Ariel Crawley Kristan Russell
To learn more about Indy Women in Tech visit their website: IWIT or contact the .
@IndyWomeninTech on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Related Reading and Resources
IWiT’s Legacy Golf Outing Thursday, June 15, 2023, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Brickyard Crossing Golf Course – annual legacy fundraiser of the LPGA IWiT Championship supporting youth STEM programming.
Indy Women in Tech Summit Wednesday, August 30, 2023, registration opens at 8:00 am the Gainbridge Fieldhouse – bi-annual conference focused on the pulse of the current tech ecosystem headlined by prominent female leaders.
FuturisTECH Benefit (Trivia and Comedy) Wednesday, October 11, 2023, starting at 5:30 pm at Group1001 Headquarters – annual themed, fundraiser and auction supporting scholarships, mentoring, professional development workshops, and childcare grants.
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(If you are a nonprofit and would like to be a guest on Raise Nation Radio to feature your mission and impact, contact Dawn Lego.)