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Melanie Kalmar

Vice President
DOW CHEMICAL

Melanie Kalmar is Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer for The Dow Chemical Company. She drives the strategy for Information Technology and all digital capabilities globally to advance the Company’s business strategy and lead its digital transformation. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dow’s most senior executive committee that sets the strategic direction, defines priorities and is accountable for delivering enterprise-level results.

In her role, Kalmar has responsibility for the Information Systems organization, Cyber Security and Risk Management, Reporting and Advanced Analytics, Facilities Management, and the Services Business which provides services beyond Dow in support of Dow’s merger & acquisition strategy. She is accountable for ensuring the overarching vision and digital agenda aligned to corporate and business priorities, allocating resources and managing overall risk for IT investments.

Kalmar joined Dow in January 1987 in Research Information Systems in Midland, Michigan. She has held several IT related positions at multiple Dow locations and been involved in spearheading and driving key transformational efforts. She continues to be at the epicenter of Dow’s merger & acquisition IT projects and activities, and has led the largest and most complex SAP implementation in the world. Kalmar was accountable for launching the information systems required to operate Sadara, the joint venture developed by Dow and Saudi Aramco.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She completed the Executive Education Program at Babson College and the Thunderbird International Leadership Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Kalmar is a Director for Dorinco Reinsurance Company and is a member of Dow’s Joint Inclusion Council whose charter is to drive the Diversity & Inclusion strategy and priorities within the Company. She is also a member of the Michigan Council for Women in Technology and the Dean’s Council for Central Michigan University’s School of Business.

Jane Sydlowski

President

Jane’s vision for AMI Strategies includes 100% client satisfaction, profitable growth, respect for the individual, and employee empowerment. For more than 25 years under Jane’s leadership, AMI has been recognized among the Deloitte Fast 500 Public and Private Technology Companies, Inc 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Crain’s Best Places to Work. Jane holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Wayne State University. Passionate about empowering emerging leaders, Jane speaks to graduate students regularly for Wayne State University’s entrepreneurial program, and she serves on four boards: Chairman of the Board for Greenpath, the Board of Visitors for Wayne State University, board member for the Midwest Technology Leaders Conference and the board of We Build Character.


Early/Mid/Late Career- ConnectNet

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Early/Mid/Late Career- Ignite 2.0 Mentoring

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Aligned with our mission to inspire and grow women in IT, MCWT offers members a free mentoring program.

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UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS- INTERNSHIPS

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Our internship program matches candidates with positions available at MCWT partner companies.

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UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS- SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

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MCWT provides scholarships to women who have the interest, aptitude and potential for a successful career in computer science.

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GIRLS SOLVE IT POWERED BY FORD

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A competition for girls in grades 5-8 in Michigan

Girls Solve IT teams are given three Michigan-inspired technology quests to complete that qualify them for a state-wide competition and first place award.

Two of the quests involve Wonder Workshop “Dash” robot programming and one of the quests is an unplugged activity requiring the teams to use creative thinking to imagine how technology can solve a real world problem.

In 2018, 38 teams of girls participated, with 28 teams qualifying for the state-wide competition.

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K 12 PROGRAMMING- PARENT AND TEACHER RESOURCES

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Welcome parents and teachers. By supporting MCWT and similar organizations, you are investing in the future of young women across Michigan, whether they are your students, cousins, daughters, nieces or grand-daughters. We need your active engagement to help young women to be aware of their opportunities within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

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K 12 PROGRAMMING- WEBSITE DESIGN COMPETITION

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During a three-month-long competition, girls demonstrate their web design skills and knowledge of HTML to industry experts. Finalists in the advanced group then compete in an in-person judging event.

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K-12 PROGRAMMING- CAMP INFINITY

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MCWT's weeklong interactive summer technology camps are held at several college campuses.

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K-12 PROGRAMMING- GET-IT PROGRAM

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Our GET-IT high school program stands for Girls Exploring Together Information Technology. It is an after-school team activity designed to encourage high school girls to consider and ultimately pursue a career in information technology. The program runs from September through the end of the school year.

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