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.

Jen Boulware

Board Member

Jen Boulware is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience delivering products that customers love. She is passionate about building and leading high performance teams. Currently, Jen is a Software Development Manager with Amazon S3, an object storage service that stores data for millions of applications for companies all around the world. She has a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Georgia and spent most of her career in Charleston, SC leading engineering for companies like Snagajob, PeopleMatter and the NOAA Coastal Services Center.


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Jessica Brewer

Co-Chair of the Board

Jessica Brewer is the Chief Operating Officer of Amplified Ag, a family of companies focused on indoor farming technologies and operations. Their focus is multi-pronged including manufacturing, software, electrical and mechanical engineering, horticulture, farming and food safety/compliance initiatives. Their passion is to revolutionize how communities, grow, distribute and consume food. By doing this, the goal is to create sustainable jobs for farmers, who can help solve the world’s food production challenges and provide access to healthy produce for all.

Prior to joining Amplified Ag, Jessica served as a senior executive at Benefitfocus for over 11 years. In her most recent role, as Senior Vice President of Account Services, Jessica established a new business unit and lead the entire lifecycle of the Benefitfocus Account Services practice. She previously served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Global Services for over ten years, where she led the company's software engineering, business operations, application deployment teams and implementations. Jessica has over two decades of software industry experience, and during her career with Benefitfocus she was instrumental in advancing the Benefitfocus Platform through the use of innovative technologies.

Jessica earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering Management from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science from the College of Charleston. She serves on the board of the Charleston Women in Tech and the South Carolina Aquarium.


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Christina Lock

Board Member

As Founder, CEO of Catch Talent, Christina leads the delivery of technical recruiting and corporate branding services to technology, creative, and government contracting, digital media, and professional services companies. Prior to launching Catch, Christina was a founding member and Vice President of HR and Recruiting at SPARC, where her team hired over 300 employees in less than five years. She has also held leadership, recruiting, and business development positions at ARAMARK and Aerotek. Christina was founding Co-chair of the Charleston Open Source initiative, a people-powered movement bringing together local developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders in the Charleston tech sector, and is a member of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s steering committee. She has spoken at SHRM, DIG South, Pecha Kucha, and at the College of Charleston. She mentors entrepreneurs and professionals through the Harbor Entrepreneur Center and Charleston Young Professionals.


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Nina Magnesson

Executive Director
Co-founder of CodeON

As Catalyst for Citizenship and Social Innovation for BoomTown Nina directs philanthropic & employee community engagement with the many essential organizations that maintain the greatest quality of life for employees’ families & the Charleston community as a whole. Since 2012, she has helped launch and develop many education and workforce development initiatives in Charleston's tech economy. Her efforts are currently focused on collaborating with the existing community stakeholders on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula, home to four of the city's largest tech campuses in order to foster equitable neighborhood progress and urban development. The tech community in Charleston is the driving force behind education equity for the new economy and Nina has been involved in specific innovations in the community to help grow, attract and retain diverse tech talent to the region through the following initiatives: Co-founder of CodeON which provides computer science resources, education and mentorship to students of all ages in low-income areas at community centers within the neighborhood where they live. Co-founder and Co-Chair of Charleston Open Source, a people-powered movement bringing together local developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders in the Charleston tech sector. She is a Member, Charleston Chamber of Commerce Career Academies Computer Science Advisory Council 2014- Present Board Member, Governance Committee, Palmetto Goodwill 2018 - Present, Board Member, HeartSC.org 2019 - Present.


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Valerie Sessions

Board Member
Co-founder of CodeON

Valerie Sessions serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Charleston Southern University. She is also employed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlantic as a computer scientist. Her research interests include data quality, video management systems, and video analytics. She received her doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She serves on several advisory committees including the Global Privacy and Information Quality Working Group (GPIQWG) of the US Department of Justice, Charleston Women in Tech Board, and the Program Committee for the International Conference on Information Quality.


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Karan Sorensen

Board Member

As president of Sorensen Strategies and Director of Academic Technology and Grants at Charleston Southern University, Karan’s experience includes executive leadership positions across multidisciplinary global companies; notably Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Life Technologies, Centocor R&D, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development; Chief Digital Officer for Total Oncology at Johnson & Johnson; and Vice President of Global Infrastructure Programs for Johnson & Johnson.

Karan’s hands-on experience includes coordinating mergers and acquisitions, implementing extensive information technology, social media and informatics solutions, mentoring start-up companies, and founding Centers of Excellence specializing in Technology, Innovation and Engineering. She has assisted several organizations in turn-around revitalizations and has been acknowledged for her accomplishments by CIO magazine and other executive and industry publications and organizations.

With an accomplished record as an entrepreneur, experienced executive and effective collaborator, Karan also serves as a board member and advisor for technology start-ups, standards organizations, colleges and universities.

Karan’s educational background includes: Executive MBA, (magna cum laude) Stevens Institute of Technology; MS, Management of Technology (summa cum laude), Stevens Institute of Technology; BSc, Management Information Systems and Business Administration (cum laude) Charleston Southern University; and PhD coursework in Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Karan is an analytical and strategic thinker with the proven ability to communicate ideas, engage working teams and actualize implementation.


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Eric Wages

Board Member

As Real Estate Project Executive Lead at Google Data Centers, Eric leads all activities and personnel surrounding the design and construction of Google’s global data center office program. He is an executive-level technical leader with a strong focus on developing and operating businesses where diversity, equity, and inclusiveness thrive. He is able to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of the business, team, and individual while still seeing the “Big Picture”. Eric is exceptionally skilled in massive-scale systems design, high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, super datacenter design and implementation, network engineering, SAN solutions, IT management, personnel and performance management. He is Founder of Rally Tools LLC, makers of motorsport management software solutions. As COLSA Supercomputing Operations Manager Eric supervised operations for the Hypersonic Missile Technology Research and Operations Center (HMT/ROC), and Engineered the completion and subsequent upgrade of MACH5, the world’s largest Apple-based supercomputer comprised of 1,566 Apple XServe G5 machines. Eric graduated from the University of Maine B.S., Computer Engineering in 2001, where he also received his M.B.A, Business Management, 2002.

He also serves on the board of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, as a Disaster Technician for the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) providing communities with the technical resources necessary to continue operations and begin recovery after a disaster. He also serves on the Clemson University School of Computing Advisory Board and on the Board of Advisors at the University of Maine Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


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Mary Beth Westmoreland

Co-Chair of the Board

Mary Beth Westmoreland is Blackbaud’s Chief Technology Officer, responsible for leading worldwide product, technology and analytics strategy, architecture, user experience and innovation across the company’s entire solution portfolio.

Mary Beth joined Blackbaud in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in software engineering and product development. Prior to Blackbaud, Mary Beth was vice president of research and development at Ipswitch, Inc. where she led software engineering, design, and operations across the company’s global product portfolio. Before Ipswitch, she spent 15 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory where she started as a programmer and eventually managed the company’s Enterprise and Technical Systems Engineering organizations.

In both 2019 and 2017, Mary Beth was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. In 2019, she was also selected as one of 125 AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Lyda Hill Philanthropies to serve as a role model for middle school girls. In addition, in 2018, the YWCA Greater Charleston honored Mary Beth with the What Women Bring Business award.

Mary Beth is a trustee at her alma mater, Immaculata University, where she graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. She is also a member of the Advisory board of Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, a founding board member of Charleston Women in Tech, and is actively involved in a variety of STEM programs, Women in Technology initiatives and other nonprofits.


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