Published 10/06/16

Winners of 12 th Annual YWCA Rhode Island Women of Achievement Awards

YWCA recognizes Bryant, Amica for supporting middle-school girls in computer sciences

At the 12 th Annual YWCA Rhode Island Women of Achievement Awards, Bryant University and Amica Mutual Insurance Company were honored for their joint program, the Fantastic Girltastic Code Company’s App Challenge. The Fantastic Girltastic Code Company is a YWCA program that encourages middle school girls to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

"We are honored to be recognized by the YWCA of Rhode Island and proud of our partnership with Amica Insurance."

Bryant Women’s Summit Executive Director Kati Machtley partnered with Amica’s Internet and Mobile Experience Marketing Officer Jill Rasmussen to build a multidisciplinary team of women from both organizations to develop the App Challenge program, which took place at Bryant on April 2.

Twenty-seven girls from the YWCA, ranging in age from 9 to 12, participated in the challenge. They worked in teams to identify a challenge in their community and propose a creative technology solution to address it. Mentors helped the teams develop their ideas and create storyboards to present to a panel of judges.

“We are honored to be recognized by the YWCA of Rhode Island and proud of our partnership with Amica,” said Machtley at the award ceremony Sept. 27. “Educating and empowering women of all ages is the mission of the Women’s Summit, and it is exciting to help these young women find their passion, believe in themselves, and create their path to success.” 

In her remarks at the awards luncheon, Machtley thanked the faculty and students who worked with her on the App Challenge. She also acknowledged all of the women at Bryant — faculty, staff, and students — who contribute to the success of the Women’s Summit and to preparing students to be innovative leaders for the future.

Bryant faculty members who served as mentors and judges:

  • Sandra Enos, Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences
  • Eileen Kwesiga, Associate Professor of Management
  • Janet Prichard, Professor of Computer Information Systems

Bryant’s fall 2015 Management 201 students from Professor Kwesiga’s class include:

  • Amanda Whitehouse ’18 of East Granby, CT
  • Taylor Carlton ’18 of North Scituate RI
  • Jharem Crevecoeur ’18 of Malden, MA
  • Alexander Daigle ’18 of Burlington, CT
  • Samantha Tolomeo '18 of Hawthorne, NJ

On March 17, 2017, the Bryant University Women’s Summit will celebrate 20 years of promoting professional, personal, and economic empowerment through education. It is one of the most highly sought-after conferences in New England.