About Us

Founded in September 2014 as a small Meetup group of Charleston women working in technology, our membership has grown to over 2,800 leaders, educators, students and tech professionals who seek to achieve greater diversity across all STEM fields in our region by increasing opportunity, participation and achievement by women and minorities in the tech community. Our mission is to Connect, Support & Prepare Women of all ages for Careers in Technology.

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Charleston Women in Tech provides opportunity on many different levels, from hosting our quarterly events with stellar speakers at various tech companies in Charleston, to online webinars & easy access to the resources & people you need to help you on your path.

Board of Directors

An all-volunteer fueled 501c3, Charleston Women in Tech’s leadership consists of accomplished professionals from Charleston’s local and global technology companies.

Suzie Rybicki

Board Member

Suzie Rybicki is VP of People & EIR Operations at PhishLabs, a local cyber security solutions provider. Joining the PhishLabs’ leadership team in February 2015, her role first focused on developing the Human Resource and Organization Development strategy from scratch. As the company grew, her interest in cybercrime provided an expanded role to reach their client’s employees by leading the service operations team for their Email Intelligence & Response (“EIR”) business solution.

Prior to moving down from Chicago to join PhishLabs, Suzie held HR Leadership roles at Rewards Network, a fintech company powering the largest card-linked dining rewards program and General Growth Properties, the second largest shopping mall owner, developer, and management company. Suzie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in HR & Organizational Leadership from DePaul University.

Throughout her career, she’s volunteered her time and expertise in leadership roles with organizations such as Chicago SHRM and Chicago Chamber of Commerce’s Workplace Excellence Board. Since 2015, she has served on the committee of Charleston Open Source (“COS”), which she has co-chaired for the past two years. COS is a passionate group of talent and tech leaders who bring together the tech community to share all that is amazing about living and working in Charleston.

Prior to moving down from Chicago to join PhishLabs, Suzie held HR Leadership roles at Rewards Network, a fintech company powering the largest card-linked dining rewards program and General Growth Properties, the second largest shopping mall owner, developer, and management company. Suzie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in HR & Organizational Leadership from DePaul University.

Throughout her career, she’s volunteered her time and expertise in leadership roles with organizations such as Chicago SHRM and Chicago Chamber of Commerce’s Workplace Excellence Board. Since 2015, she has served on the committee of Charleston Open Source (“COS”), which she has co-chaired for the past two years. COS is a passionate group of talent and tech leaders who bring together the tech community to share all that is amazing about living and working in Charleston.


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Stephanie K. Jordan

Board Member

As a Senior Computer Scientist at the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC), Stephanie K. Jordan has served in various mission essential and critical roles to enable teams to deliver capabilities to the Warfighter community. Her expertise areas have spanned leadership roles under the technical auspices of Cyber Security, Systems and Software Engineering, Project Management, Business Process Engineering, and Data Science competencies. Her diverse experiences and continued thirst for knowledge augmented her to have a holistic understanding to interface with diverse functional teams and bolster the necessary skillsets to best support them for their success.
Stephanie is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach engagements and advocacy initiatives for her local community and across the state. She whole-heartedly believes that representation matters, as she serves as a continued catalyst to ensure that STEM is for all, not only as a mentor, but as a coach to empower and share experiences from the perspectives as a minority woman of color in computer science.
She was nationally recognized for her efforts at the 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) as the recipient of the Community Service in Government award and globally featured in the 1 Million Women in STEM (1MWIS) campaign. Additionally, she has been acknowledged for her technical leadership in the U.S. Black Engineer Magazine, the CHIPS’ Department of the Navy Information Technology Magazine, and the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) publications.
Stephanie’s educational background includes a Master’s of Business Administration; Bachelors of Science in Business Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science, along with pursuing a Master’s of Science in Analytics, all from Charleston Southern University; and Doctorate of Information Technology coursework from Walden University.


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Kim Rich

Board Member

“Accomplished and experienced organizational leader with a long and proven track record of success in the adoption of technology into operations, empowerment of staff, and enhancement of programing with an emphasis on increasing and improving efficiency to create a more inclusive environment. Talented data analyst and strategist with the ability to develop processes and procedures through collaboration that modernize functions and help to deliver organizational target impact. Gifted relationship builder, able to create and grow relationships to benefit communities and advance organizational goals.”


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Jenifer Padilla

Board Member

Jenifer is a Product Designer at Paylocity, a Fortune ranked company (No. 9) on the annual 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list. Jenifer is thriving in this innovative environment where creative thinking is the norm, but so is caring and supporting one another. She is designing peer to peer recognition software and a suite of communication and collaboration tools for this leading HR software platform. Jenifer is a mentor, designer, UX instructor, and in her free time is a studio artist at Redux Studios in Charleston, SC. She is excited to begin a new adventure as a Board Member of Charleston Women in Tech connecting, preparing, and supporting women with careers in technology.

Jenifer’s educational background includes a BS from NC State College of Design in Art and Design and further study at California College of Art (CCA) San Francisco, School of Visual Arts, NYC and Pratt Institute, NYC.


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Rachel Downing

Board Member

Rachel Downing is Senior Director of Software Development for AmplifiedAg, Inc where she leads a team of people performing software development and IT administration. Downing has been with AmplifiedAg, Inc since February 2021. Prior to AmplifiedAg, Inc, she was with Benefitfocus for over 11 years where she led cross-functional teams including engineering, QA automation, platform control, release management, customer support, the benefit service center and most recently professional services implementation teams. Prior to Benefitfocus, she spent 25 years with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company in several IT positions ultimately as Director of Information Services.


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Jackie Jones

Board Member

Jackie is the Director of Operations at Vertical Roots, an indoor hydroponic farm which utilizes our parent companies’ technology to control, integrate, automate, and monitors all aspects of the farming operation. Prior to joining Vertical Roots, Jackie held various positions across the country at Ossur Orthopaedic, Amgen, Nestle and Bevolution Group.
Jackie is a proven manufacturing industry professional. She has more than 15 years of experience in leadership, technical operations, manufacturing, and continuous improvement. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University. She is excited to begin a new journey as a Board Member of Charleston Women in Tech where her experience meets her passion for inspiring and empowering young women considering a career in STEM.


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Jessica Hudson

Board Member

Jessica is the Chief of Staff and Controller of in/PACT, a technology company that is on a mission to grow the world’s heart by connecting customers of financial institutions and loyalty providers with their favorite charitable causes.

With over ten years of accounting experience, Jessica has facilitated growth in a wide variety of companies. Her attention to detail has provided fiscal improvements in every company she has worked for. Her experience, post graduate school, started at Crowe Horwath LLP as an auditor, where her clients ranged from construction firms to insurance subsidiaries. Prior to in/PACT she was part of the accounting team at SPARC, which was acquired by Booz Allen Hamilton in 2015. She gained tremendous knowledge from day-to-day accounting to assisting in the acquisition.

Jessica received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a Masters in Accountancy from Belmont University in Nashville.

Traveling is one of her passions and whenever she can, she brings her dog, Merlot, with her. When she is not traveling, her weekends are spent exploring Charleston and volunteering Junior League of Charleston.


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