Colleagues Jennifer Ketz, Cynthia Smith and Patricia Cabral-Mercado have formed a new company called Lift Up Careers LLC (dba Lift Up MKE) to train women re-entering the tech workforce.

The trio, who work together as a director, manager and architect in engineering, aim to help women who have taken time away from tech careers to raise children or take care of aging parents re-skill for leadership roles as they return to the workforce.

“All three of us have a strong passion for women in tech and just knowing where women are in the pendulum of holding positions in tech is really what’s driving us to make sure we have that equal opportunity,” Ketz said.

This professional training is needed because tech changes so rapidly, and because there are so few women in the field, she said. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, 26% of the tech workforce is women, and 56% of women leave midway through their careers in science, engineering and technology.

“We really feel that in order for us to be a tech hub, diversity and inclusion needs to be included at the table as we move forward,” Ketz said. Read the full story here.