We’re excited to announce that viaForensic’s co-founder and President Chee-Young Kim has been chosen as a finalist for Illinois Technology Association’s 2014 ITA CityLIGHTS Prominent Women in Tech award.
Chee-Young Showcases Innovative Instincts with Business Acumen
Chee launched viaForensics along with CEO Andrew Hoog in 2009. Recognizing the many challenges in contemporary tech space, Chee merges her Fortune 500 executive experience with today’s realities of building a successful, scalable and sustainable technology company in a constantly-shifting business climate.
With a”yes and” approach to the business, she considers herself a problem solver, noting,”My philosophy is to never accept ïno’ as an answer. In most cases, there’s a way to overcome any challenge with the right thinking. “
Chee’s ability to nimbly shift the business focus to meet both immediate and long-term needs has led her to passionately advocate for hiring the best and brightest regardless of their location and mentoring women in technology, not only in engineering, but as business practitioners.
The Case for More Women in Tech
“The stereotypes are subtle but they are there,” Ms. Kim states. “My advice to any woman is that it’s never too late to be part of technology. Yes, historically few women have found success in tech – but achievements in technology stem from rejecting the status quo. Women’s contributions are just as important as men’s when it comes to advancing technology through innovation and disruptiveness. We must therefore educate our future _ girls and boys alike _ about the power and opportunities that technology can bring to everyone. “
Chee says she finds it curious that tech, a field that puts so much stock in being cutting-edge, lags behind many other areas when it comes to women in the workplace. But any female in the industry can relate to stories of walking into a packed conference room and being the only woman at the table.
“With so few women in technology, it is important that leaders act as mentors, be it by participating in outreach programs or seeking out networking opportunities to encourage women to pursue high tech jobs,” says Chee. Some of Chee’s personal favorites are after-school programs such as VEX Robotics in Oak Park and conference tracks such as the Cisco EWN group during the Cisco Live conference. “Those events help us become leaders, get involved, and remind us that women are here as leaders – now – and will be in the future. ”
Vote for Chee-Young as Prominent Woman in Tech
The winners for each of the eight categories will be announced at the ITA CityLIGHTS Awards on Thursday, September 18 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. Each year, ITA CityLIGHTS attracts more than 600 people from 400 organizations including business owners, investors, legislators and policymakers.
The public can contribute to the selection of this year’s winners by voting from August 18_September 8 at itacitylights.com. Winners will be determined by composite score (50 percent judges; 50 percent community voting in all categories except the CityLIGHTS Award, which is determined solely by the ITA Board of Directors.
We’re proud of Chee-Young for all her contributions to our organization and to the industry at large, and hope you will give her your vote today.