SOUTHFIELD – The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation has named Melanie Kalmar its president for 2020. Kalmar is corporate vice president, chief information officer and chief digital officer for Dow.

Kalmar replaces Jane Sydlowski, CEO of AMI Strategies, who led the organization last year. Jennifer Charters, executive vice president and CIO of Flagstar Bank, will assume the role of vice president.

“Through our focus on education, engagement and empowerment, MCWT has inspired women all over the state to pursue a technology career,” said Kalmar. “We will continue to drive more progress, serving as a resource and convening students, professionals and companies in partnership to drive more opportunities.”

Kalmar’s engagement with MCWT began four years ago when the nonprofit’s programs motivated her to get involved. Since then, Dow has sponsored a ConnectNet networking event for career women in technology and five Camp Infinity technology programs for middle and high school girls. The camp serves as MCWT’s premier learning event for middle and high school girls.

At Dow, Kalmar drives the global strategy for information technology and digital capabilities to advance the company’s growth and business strategies. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dow’s most senior executive committee that sets the strategic direction, defines priorities and is accountable for delivering enterprise-level results. Kalmar is actively involved in helping drive Dow’s diversity and inclusion strategy as a member of the President’s Inclusion Council, and executive sponsor of the newly formed PRIME employee resource group. She resides in Midland.

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