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Yesterday, IT-oLogy and the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics announced a really cool high-tech effort to encourage women in South Carolina to seek elected office at a press conference held in the Theater at IT-oLogy. With our technology expertise and funding by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the Institute was able to work with Period Three and Palmetto Computer Labs, partners in IT-oLogy, to create a web-based training series to educate women on how to run for office.

A few months ago, Barbara Rackes, the Executive Director of the Institute, approached us for some help. She had been given funding by BCBSSC to make this incredible web-training series a possibility, but needed some direction on how to make it actually happen. That’s where IT-oLogy came to the table. Because we’re made up of over 70 corporate partners that specialize in all types of technology, we knew exactly where to send Barbara and her team.

We brought together the Institute, Palmetto Computer Labs and Period Three and immediately saw creativity and ideas begin to fly. Out of the initial session came a cool series of web-based training for women in SC to learn more about running for office.

Isn’t technology cool? In this case, it allowed the Institute to reach a number of women who may be interested in running for office, but don’t have access to the resources they need. Now, interested parties can participate in the webinar series at their own pace in the comfort of their own home – all with resources one click away.

Technology has endless possibilities, and allows us to take our business and personal goals to the next level.

“IT-oLogy has the mission of advancing IT talent. When more technology possibilities are created, more people are in place with the skills to apply to business needs,” said Lonnie Emard, Executive Director of IT-oLogy. “In this case, three partners in IT-oLogy (BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Palmetto Computer Labs and Period Three) delivered financial support and IT capability to enable the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics to become more efficient in reaching a large target audience.

Want to see these cool webinars? Visit www.scelectswomen.com.

Check out the pictures from the press conference!

Lonnie Emard and Mary Anne Jacobs

Lonnie Emard, Executive Director of IT-oLogy, and Mary Anne Jacobs, President of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics

Lonnie Emard

Lonnie Emard discusses IT-oLogy's role in the new high-tech effort