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Irma Olguin Jr. Speaks at Virtual University of Toledo Town Hall


“My time at [University of Toledo] taught me entrepreneurship because I had to believe in something that didn’t already exist for me,” Ms. Olguin said about what she learned at UT. “I had to fight my way through a system with no experience of it.”


Bitwise Co-Founder and CEO Irma Olguin Jr. spoke at a virtual town hall for the University of Toledo College of Engineering community last week. She shared her story of growing up in the Valley as a child to immigrant farm workers, to attending University of Toledo (UT), and eventually starting Bitwise Industries.

Irma received a full scholarship to UT and graduated at a time when there were few women in the College of Engineering and fewer women of color. UT is currently working to make sure stories like Irma’s become the norm at the College of Engineering, ,while identifying problems with their current talent pipeline. They plan on focusing on supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds once they are enrolled, helping make sure all students reach the finish line together and are well prepared for new careers.

Click here to read more about the virtual Town Hall, and Irma’s journey to University of Toledo and beyond!