Gorge Women in STEM (GWIS)

GWIS LogoGorge Women in STEM started in late 2017 as a group dedicated to connecting and supporting women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math in the Columbia River Gorge.

In 2023, GWIS is focused on continuing to build an empowered community while providing frequent opportunities for people to gather.

Participation in GWIS events is open to all women and allies that align with the mission of the group.

This initiative is supported by the Gorge Tech Alliance, with  special thanks to our 2023 sponsors Dana Meyer Consulting, SIGMA Design, Inter-fluve, and Overwatch Imaging. Event sponsorship and in-kind donations of venue space are greatly appreciated.  Email gwis@crgta.org for any donation inquiries. 

Are you interested in joining the leadership team?  Email us at gwis@crgta.org for more information.


Beth Alcouloumre

Beth Alcouloumre is a project manager at Trillium Engineering, GTA Board member, Gorge STEM Hub Advisory Committee member and voting member of the Oregon STEM Advisory Council. She has been a member of the GWIS leadership team since 2017, and is committed to helping build strong, inclusive STEM education and community in the area. Visit Beth’s LinkedIn profile.




Kenna Welsch

Kenna Welsch is a system engineer at Insitu, Inc. who has been on the GWIS leadership team since 2019. She is passionate about creating a STEM culture that allows technical leadership positions to be more accessible to women. Visit Kenna’s LinkedIn profile.  




Helen Th
Helen Thurlow is the Human Resources Generalist at Overwatch Imaging.  She has lived in the Gorge since 2020 and is passionate about connecting with and encouraging women in the Gorge to achieve their career goals.  Visit Helen’s LinkedIn profile.



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Our event structure for 2023 will consist of monthly casual gatherings with different themes for discussion. Details for each event will be posted as they arise.

Our first event will center around ChatGPT and Ethical AI. Details to come soon!

The women that make up the leadership team at Gorge Women in STEM are dedicated to ensuring that all members experience safe and welcoming environments. 
Gorge Women in STEM (GWIS) is an independent sub-committee of the Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA). Content and communication does not explicitly represent views or positions of the companies and individuals that comprise the GTA or the GTA as a 501(c)6 organization. Like what you see? Join us at an upcoming event, get involved, or email us at gwis@crgta.org.

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Networking at a Gorge Women in STEM event.
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