VentureConnectors-300x156February’s Venture Connectors luncheon will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, and will feature a panel of tech educators from Code Louisville and The Software Guild who’ll discuss the state of tech talent in Louisville.

Panelists Becky Steele, Rachel McGalliard and Rider Rodriguez will share their thoughts on how to attract more tech talent and how to turn out better prepared graduates in the technology field.

Steele serves as IT sector strategies coordinator for KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board, and is the program coordinator for Code Louisville. Code is a free software development training program for adults who want to train for junior-level positions in software development.

McGalliard is vice president of operations for The Software Guild, a 12-week coding boot camp owned and operated by Louisville’s Learning House. The Guild has a 95 percent job placement rate.

Rodriguez is director of sector strategies for KentuckianaWorks and also helps lead Code Louisville.

Venture Connectors’ luncheon meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Members attend for free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40. Click here to register.