OUR MISSION & VISION

WTIA is the unifying voice for the technology community in Washington. Our mission is to…

  • inform and motivate industry, education and government professionals
  • collaborate productively in building the education systems, physical infrastructure, and business climate
  • ensure that our region continues as one of the world’s most influential technology hubs.

Our strategic priorities are to…

Recruit Talent

Help small and mid-sized companies attract and retain technical talent directly through programs and indirectly through public policy that makes our region attractive.

Fund Education

Advocate for increased private and public investment into Computer Science education at all levels.

Train Talent

Help create a long-term, sustainable technology industry by developing technical and entrepreneurial talent directly through programs and indirectly through partnerships

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The WTIA board is a cross-section of peers from the many different kinds of companies that make up our industry. We have leaders from startups and multinational corporations; we have software and hardware, SaaS and telco, education and venture capital; entrepreneurs and seasoned executives. Our board sets the strategy, guides the formation of policy, and oversees the operation led by management. We are very fortunate to have the support and effort from so many talented, successful professionals.

Take a look at our current board members listed below and note the wide range of backgrounds, experience, and expertise we have on this great team.

CONTACT US
FAQ

GENERAL

What is the WTIA?

The WTIA is a not-for profit industry trade association that serves the technology industry, the information & communication technology (ICT) cluster and the business community that supports them.

The organization was founded in 1984 and serves company members. The membership is currently comprised of 600+ companies with the primary concentration of the membership being technology and ICT companies.

What is the mission of the WTIA?

The WTIA’s mission is to unify the voice of the technology community.

How does the WTIA achieve its mission?

  • Federal, state and local policy advocacy
  • Public-private partnerships directed at talent development and increasing capital sources for entrepreneurs
  • Services that help small business attract and retain tech talent
  • Programs for professional communities of common interest
  • Content to engage, serve and retain member companies

How do I contact the WTIA?

You can reach us by:

  • Phone: (206)448-3033
  • Fax: (206)448-3103
  • Email
  • In person: From Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our office in the World Trade Center Seattle. 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 390, Seattle, WA 98121

Which companies belong to WTIA?

ABOUT WTIA'S TECH INDUSTRY PROGRAMS

What is the WTIA Health Insurance Plan?

We offer the only health insurance plan sanctioned by Washington’s Insurance Commissioner for technology employers headquartered in Washington State.

The WTIA leverages the purchasing power of its membership to offer the most widely recognized employee benefits plan in the state for tech companies. Through The WTIA Employee Benefits Trust (“Trust”) the WTIA is able to offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, and wellness insurance.

The hallmark of the program is the medical insurance offered through Regence’s national Blue Shield network. With over 13 medical plan options, our members have access to a range of exclusive benefits that help attract and retain their most important asset, their employees.

The WTIA employee benefits offerings can be quoted by your existing insurance broker, or the WTIA can connect with you with a recommended broker.

What types of events does the WTIA produce?

WTIA has multiple series of events organized as Technology Industry Programs (TIPs). TIPs are seminars, workshops, lectures, roundtables, and signature events designed to incite conversation around current topics relevant to the tech industry. These programs facilitate networking and learning opportunities. When tech professionals grow, their companies grow. And the industry strengthens together.

For a full description of TIP types, click here.

Is the WTIA involved with other local technology events?

Yes. The WTIA partners with leading organizations to provide value to the technology community. The WTIA will participate in and/or is involved with 30+ events outside the events it produces.

I would like to offer my services as a speaker at a WTIA program--how do I do that?

Please contact WTIA’s Events Manager with your proposal and your professional biography.

How do I register for a WTIA event?

As a member, register using your company email address so we can determine you are a member and you can receive member pricing.

Do I need to be a member to attend WTIA functions?

No, you do not. Non-members pay a fee to attend functions.

If I do not RSVP, can I register at the door?

Yes, for most events, it is still possible to register and to pay at the door. We accept credit card payments.

ABOUT WTIA'S ADVOCACY WORK

Does WTIA represent my company’s interest in government?

The WTIA represents the interests of the entire tech industry and not of any one particular company.

What does Advocacy mean and what does the WTIA do in this space?

Advocacy is a term used by trade associations and is usually equated with lobbying government officials. The WTIA sees advocacy as a broader responsibility in which we show public support for our industry or for a cause that our industry supports.

The number one issue our industry faces is access to talent. Our ability to create new jobs dramatically exceeds our ability to produce in state the talent needed to fill those jobs. This makes Washington the number one importer of computer science talent in the country. This problem can only be solved through an open and sincere collaboration among industry, education, and government leaders.Advocacy means inspiring, motivating, informing, and if necessary driving that collaboration to build a better state.

We support increased investment in K-12 and higher education; R&D tax incentives to ensure investment into the region; an immigration policy that retains the talented people we teach and train; and promoting our regional on a national stage to celebrate our quality of life, our achievements as a society, and our successes as an industry.

What are the WTIA’s major policy priorities?

The WTIA’s four policy priorities are:

  • Workforce development
  • Improving access to capital
  • Technology disruption and innovation
  • Research and development

ABOUT THE TECH INDUSTRY

What is the ICT cluster?

The Information & Communication Technology (ICT) cluster is diverse; extending across computer and communications equipment manufacturing, software development, internet, telecommunications, computing, and other technical service disciplines.

The cluster is a major employer in the State and has been the primary driver of the growth in Washington’s economy over the last 30 years.

What are the other clusters that are part of the technology industry? Are they part of the WTIA membership and what other types of organizations engage with the WTIA?

The technology industry is comprised of 5 major clusters:

  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy and environmental sciences (Clean tech)
  • Advanced manufacturing, including aerospace
  • Advanced materials

Although the WTIA primarily serves ICT companies it has all of the other four technology clusters represented in its membership. This is primarily because these clusters are increasingly relying on ICT technologies and professionals to innovate and advance their businesses.

Similarly, this is also why local market leaders from traditional industries like finance, retail and healthcare engage as WTIA members. ICT is driving massive transformation in the way traditional businesses operate and these companies need support and assistance in shifting their models to work in the 21st century.

Lastly, many other types of non-technology companies are WTIA members.

ABOUT WTIA FOR NON-MEMBERS

Why should I join the WTIA?

A contribution to the WTIA mission provides companies and their employees with access to member benefits. This includes:

  • Discounted products and services
  • Professional education
  • Networking
  • Executive development
  • Thought leadership

Click here for more information

Are dues tax deductible?

Annual membership dues are tax deductible as a necessary and ordinary business expense.

What kinds of businesses are part of WTIA?

Our members include technology businesses of all sizes and all stages spanning all types of technologies! We have early stage startups to established small and medium-sized businesses to multinational corporations. Our membership also includes service providers such as law firms, accounting firms, and HR firms who focus on serving the tech industry.

What is the value of a WTIA membership to a non-technology company?

Many non-technology companies are WTIA members. There are two primary reasons non-technology companies join the WTIA:

Support the Mission – The WTIA is a not for profit organization that is mission based. The WTIA provides a platform and a set of offerings that further the interest of the ICT cluster and the greater technology community. The WTIA provides a perfect investment vehicle for those organizations looking to support the industry.

Engage in the Community – The WTIA has a membership base of over 600 companies. With over 40 events, training, content and other programming mechanisms to connect people in person and online, the WTIA provides the ultimate access to the tech community.

Does the WTIA offer sponsorship opportunities?

The WTIA offers multiple ways for companies to improve their exposure and visibility in the local technology community through its president’s club membership.

The president’s club membership includes all of the member benefits of the principle membership and allows companies to choose from different sponsorship opportunities. The WTIA will work with your team to develop a customized package that aligns with your specific brand objectives and budget.

What is the WTIA Health Insurance Plan?

We offer the only health insurance plan sanctioned by Washington’s Insurance Commissioner for technology employers headquartered in Washington State.

The WTIA leverages the purchasing power of its membership to offer the most widely recognized employee benefits plan in the state for tech companies. Through The WTIA Employee Benefits Trust (“Trust”) the WTIA is able to offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, and wellness insurance.

The hallmark of the program is the medical insurance offered through Regence’s national Blue Shield network. With over 13 medical plan options, our members have access to a range of exclusive benefits that help attract and retain their most important asset, their employees. You can find more information about our health insurance plans on our website here.

The WTIA employee benefits offerings can be quoted by your existing insurance broker, or the WTIA can connect with you with a recommended broker.

You must become a WTIA member to access the WTIA Health Insurance Trust.

ABOUT WTIA FOR MEMBERS

My company is a WTIA a member, does that make me a WTIA member too?

Yes, all employees of WTIA member companies are also members. To take advantage of your member benefits, please register for WTIA events using your company email address. You can view your additional membership benefits on our website here.

Are dues tax deductible?

Annual membership dues are tax deductible as a necessary and ordinary business expense.

Does the WTIA membership have restrictions?

The WTIA produces some events and programs that are restricted. The WTIA Events Manager is the best party to answer eligibility-related inquiries. Click here to find out more.

As a WTIA member, do I get access to the WTIA Health Insurance Plan?

Access to the WTIA Health Insurance Plan is restricted to technology companies. To see if you qualify, click here.

What types of events does WTIA produce?

WTIA’s series of events are known as Technology Industry Programs (TIPs). TIPs are seminars, workshops, lectures, roundtables, and signature events designed to incite conversation around current topics relevant to the tech industry. These programs facilitate networking and learning opportunities. When tech professionals grow, their companies grow. And the industry strengthens together.

For a full description of TIP types, click here.

How do I register for a WTIA event?

As a member, register on our events page using your company email address so we can determine you are a member and you can receive member pricing.

If I do not RSVP for an event, can I register at the door?

Yes. It is possible to register and pay at the door for most events. We accept credit card payments.

I am not sure if my WTIA membership has expired. How do I check?

Please contact one of your membership coordinators:

Emma Letourneau – eletourneau@washingtontechnology.org or 206-448-3033 x133

Katherine Safar – ksafar@washingtontechnology.org or 206-448-3033 x135

I have questions about my member benefits. Who do I talk to?

Please contact one of your membership coordinators:

Emma Letourneau – eletourneau@washingtontechnology.org or 206-448-3033 x133

Katherine Safar – ksafar@washingtontechnology.org or 206-448-3033 x135

How do I post to the WTIA Job Board?

Members have access to post your tech-only jobs on WTIA’s job board. Submit your jobs here, and we will approve them within 24 hours. You do not need an account to post a job to our site.

Postings will be listed for 30 days and can be removed early upon request. Contact Amy Fawcett at afawcett@washingtontechnology.org to edit or remove your job post.

How do I post my event to the events calendar?

Members have preferred access to post your events on WTIA’s community events calendar. Submit your event here, and we will approve them within 24 hours. You do not need an account to post an event to the calendar.

Contact Amy Fawcett at afawcett@washingtontechnology.org to edit or remove your event from the calendar.

How do I become a WTIA blog contributor?

Do you have a perspective on the tech industry that you’d like to share with the community? Members have preferred access to contribute to our blog. View the blog guidelines and submit your content.