CEWiT Presents Precious Price Outstanding Student Leader Award

By Ellen Glover

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Precious Price, a Kelley School grad student and lead intern for CEWiT’s Black Women in Technology (BWiT)special interest group, was recently given the Outstanding Student Leader Award at CEWiT’s annual Summit.

“This award goes to an individual who has had a significant and positive influence on IU students, one who exemplifies leadership skills, encourages peers and students, and serves as a staunch advocate for women in technology,” said Michelle Bartley-Taylor, CEWiT’s Assistant Director of Student Engagement. “This year’s outstanding student demonstrates ambition, initiative, leadership, integrity, respect and dependability.”

As BWiT’s lead intern, she supervises a group of three interns in a nascent but rapidly growing student interest group dedicated to promoting the learning and success of Black and other minority women on campus. Even before she was officially hired, Price was working hard to cultivate the BWiT community and build a strong network of interns and volunteers.

Her work has allowed the group to restructure and grow well beyond the expectations of CEWiT. They’ve hosted two major events and a mini career fair in the fall. The team frequently sends out email news letters to their community and they’ve maintained a strong Facebook presence.

“She was the brainchild of the #Imtechietoo social media initiative and launch event that included the filming and video production of individual student stories about their own non- traditional fields and majors with highlights on how they regularly use technology,” said Bartley-Taylor. The launch event premiered a video and hosted a five-person panel of women leaders from high school, undergraduate, graduate, PhD and an IU staff member. It also hosted an expo with various IU department and organizations, raffles and free professional headshots. About 100 people attended.

Price wasn’t always so involved in the tech community, though. It wasn’t until she took a Computers and Business class at Kelley that she learned she really enjoyed the field.

“I had never considered myself interested in technology prior to this, just because I didn’t think I would be good at it,” said Price in an email interview. “After receiving an A in the course, I decided to pick up a co-major in Technology Management.” She also credits her initial interest in tech to the CEWiT’s Techie Women Have More... conference (now known as the CEWiT Summit) she attended her freshman year as an undergraduate student.

Now, in addition to her degree at the Kelley School of Business, Price is also working a one-year Master of Science in Information Systems degree.

“My primary goal with completing this program is to further understand how technology can work as a catalyst to propel organizations toward their goals,” said Price.

After graduating this May, Price will be moving to Atlanta to begin a job with Accenture, a global digital, tech and operations firm, as a Technology Consultant. However, she will never forget her time at CEWiT, an organization that has grown to be very important to her.

“CEWIT allows women to see themselves in fields where we primarily see men,” said Price. If nothing else, CEWIT provides a community of women who are all open and willing to learn and pass those learnings on to other women.”

"It feels absolutely amazing to have earned this award,” continued Price on her recent achievement. “I've been involved with CEWIT since around my sophomore year of undergrad, and I even attended one of the brainstorming sessions when CEWIT was considering launching the Black Women in Tech special interest group. To see this all come into fruition is honestly breathtaking. This award shows that far after I am gone, BWiT will continue to sustain and thrive offering a support system and community for women of color looking to gain technical skills. If nothing else, this is a win for B-WiT more than myself. Although I am sad to be leaving BWiT behind, I look forward to beginning to my career as a Technology Consultant with Accenture in Atlanta and discovering new ways to support and encourage women in tech!"