Alison is the founder and CEO of WIT PGH (Women In Tech Pittsburgh) as well as the president of Women of Sex Tech. She is a previous software developer with experience in startup and corporate environments. Alison is currently a cybersecurity master’s candidate at the George Washington University and a recipient of the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety and Education award for her research in sextech. She has also been awarded the RedChair Pgh scholarship for leadership as a mid-career woman in IT and recognized as one of fourteen individuals shaping the Pittsburgh tech scene by The Incline’s Who’s Next in Technology 2019. She is passionate about deep learning, & agency and consent in data privacy as it relates to her studies in policy and compliance and digital advocacy. Through her nonprofit work, Alison hopes to shine light on the hard conversations around issues that exacerbate harm on the very communities that companies aim to empower through their D&I initiatives. She believes inclusion needs to be a priority so that people who are currently underestimated and therefore underrepresented in technology also have an equal stake in designing their future.