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COMPANY OVERVIEW

WTIA is a consortium that includes a not-for-profit member trade association, a not-for-profit tech apprenticeship intermediary, and a for-profit corporation delivering business services. WTIA has approximately 80 employees.

WTIA members gain access to events, high-value health insurance, cost-effective 401(k) plans, and a community of like-minded tech executives. WTIA has approximately 1,000 members.

The primary areas of focus include:

WTIA is leading the way nationally in helping the tech sector make actionable and sustainable changes to develop diverse talent through registered tech apprenticeship and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center of Excellence.
WTIA is a recognized and powerful voice in public policy. Representing the collective interest of the tech sector and our communities, we facilitate productive collaboration among industry leaders, regulatory agencies, and elected officials toward economically sustainable outcomes.
WTIA convenes leaders from companies, educational institutions, and government to combine skills, expertise, and resources to address persistent challenges in our communities. We facilitate and lead conversations that drive innovation and accelerate solutions that any one organization would find too challenging to pursue alone.
The WTIA startup programs include the largest network of startups in Washington and support startups from rural areas and founders from underrepresented populations. We build connections for high-potential startups, help them launch their products, and raise investment capital. In the last few years alone, WTIA has helped founders raise more than $200 million. In addition, we support more than 500 small and medium tech companies with business insurance, employee and family health plans, and 401(k) plans that help these companies attract and retain talent.

MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to foster a robust, equity-centered technology sector that empowers thriving communities. We recruit technology companies and allies that view diversity as a competitive advantage, value collaboration as essential to sustainable growth, and fully embrace the opportunity to partner with and empower the communities in which we operate.

DEI STATEMENT

The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to our work. Our values are anchored in respect, empathy, and cultural humility. We lead, support, and learn from our partners to create an innovative vision toward a just and equitable technology sector where all people from diverse backgrounds thrive – not simply survive.

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BIOS AND HEADSHOTS

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Michael Schutzler
CEO
Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)

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 Jennifer Carlson 
Executive Director,
WTIA Workforce Institute (Apprenti) 

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Yolánda Chase
Chief Diversity Officer
WTIA DEI Center of Excellence

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April-House

April House 
President of
HR Benefits, INC 

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Arry Yu
Chair
U.S. Blockchain Coalition

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CONTACT DETAILS

Contact Finn Partners at wtia@finnpartners.com for press and interview requests,
or WTIA Sr. Marketing Manager Kassie West at
kwest@washingtontechnology.org for additional information on WTIA and its programs.

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