Women in Technology

RichTech’s Women in Technology (WIT) is the premier peer forum empowering women to be architects of change in the technology community. Our mission is to advance women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom by providing advocacy, networking, and technology education opportunities.

Mary Lynne Staib, Vaco Richmond
WIT Chair

Early Career Technologist

The Early Career Technology (ECT) Forum is for Richmond’s emerging leaders and practicing technologists with a diversity of skills, backgrounds, and career paths.  ECT members benefit from collaborating with their peers on a wide variety of technology topics.  ECT is for those that have been in the workforce for less than 15 Years.

Chief Information Officer

The Chief Information Officer Forum is one of RichTech’s longest running peer-to-peer forums.  Originally separated into two groups (Large and Mid Size Companies), the CIO Forum now operates as a single entity, connecting the area’s CIOs with diverse backgrounds, career paths and interests.  The CIO Forum works to support RichTech’s mission of enhancing and promoting the regions diverse technology community.

Donald Jones, Luck Companies

Mark Farnsworth, Timmons Group

Steve Fox, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Cyber Security

The Cyber Security Forum was formed in conjunction with the local ISSA and ISACA Chapters of central Virginia.  This forum supports security professionals and those interested in central Virginia’s current and future role in the cyber security industry.

Eddie McAndrew, Impact Makers (Chair)

Arnold Bell, General Electric

Bob Austin, KoreLogic

Cathie Brown, Impact Makers

Deidre Tompkins, CapTech

Health Technology

The Health Technology Forum kicked off in 2011 to explore how the Richmond Region’s technology community drives innovation in health IT, medical device development, and biotech. Start-ups, established tech players, and the region’s universities are all engaged in the digital revolution in healthcare. This Forum is where we learn what’s new, what’s next, and what’s possible in health technology.

Casey Quinlan, Mighty Casey Media

C.W. Laugerbaum, Advantus Strategies

Government Services

The RichTech Government Services Forum is dedicated to and focused on bringing topics of interest for those that work in or with the Government Sector.  Established in 2011, the Government Services Forum has addresses all three levels of government, local, state and federal.

Eddie McAndrew, Impact Makers

Glenn Davis, BranCore Technologies

Joy Hatch, Virginia Community College System

Karen Cole, Assura Consulting


TECHAction serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors on technology policy issues.  All position recommendations gathered from member companies are complied each fall into a Policy Position Document that is presented to the Executive Committee and Board for approval and action.  This document is used as a tool to inform our legislators of the importance to providing a business friendly environment to attract and retain technology centric companies.

STEM Education Committee

The STEM Education committee is tasked with identifying and developing new programs and initiatives or expanding on collaborative opportunities to assist in developing central Virginia’s future, highly skilled and technical workforce.