Our Mission + Vision
MISSION: Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields.
VISION: Girls Who Code’s vision is to reach gender parity in computing fields. We believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of women, families, and communities across the globe, and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. We believe that more girls exposed to computer science at a young age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields.
PATH TO SUCCESS: The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. To reach gender parity by 2020, women must fill half of these positions, or 700,000 computing jobs. Anecdotal data tells us that an average of 30% of those students with exposure to computer science will continue in the field. This means that 4.6M adolescent girls will require some form of exposure to computer science education to realize gender parity in 2020. Girls Who Code has set out to reach 25% of those young women needed to realize gender parity.
Girls Who Code aims to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.
Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education, pairing intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. In its inaugural program, Girls Who Code empowered young women from New York City’s five boroughs and will launch programs in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and San Jose in 2013.
Reshma Saujani, Founder
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City. As Executive Director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, Reshma brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement across NYC. Today, she has galvanized industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting smarter policies to spur innovation and job creation. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Reshma is the author of a new book entitled, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, to be released by Amazon Publishing in 2013.
Kristen Titus, Executive Director
Kristen Titus is the Executive Director of Girls Who Code, leading the organization's work to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. She is a former consultant to nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate partners working at the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and the former Managing Director of Jumo.com, the social network for the social sector from Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes. Kristen helped to launch Jumo in 2010, where she led the organization's programming and product development, fundraising, communications and operations. She sits on the Board of Doc2Dock and is an Advisor at Crisis Text Line and NonprofitShare.
Program Manager, Detroit, MI
Program Manager, Bay Area, CA
Program Manager, NYC
Board of Directors + Brain Trust
Girls Who Code has engaged a network of experts in technology, education, entrepreneurship and engineering to advise the organization and support its work to empower young women to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
Board of Directors
Founder, Chair of Board, Former NYC Deputy Public Advocate
Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President, General Electric
Professor, Computer Science, NYU Co-Founder, hackNY
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Gilt Groupe
Chief Technology Officer, Twitter
CEO, Single Palm Tree Productions
Managing Partner, ELY Advisors
Associate Director, Clinton Global Initiative
Managing Partner, Metamorphic Ventures
Founder, Women Innovate Mobile
Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Co-Founder, Ning, CEO, Mightybell
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council of Foreign Relations
Managing Director, New York Tech Meetup
Chairman, Gilt Groupe, Board of Directors, AOL
Chief Scientist, bit.ly
Susan Spector McPherson
Senior Vice President, Fenton
Entrepreneur, Investor, Local Response
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, AppNexus
President & CEO, NYC Investment Fund
Chief Marketing Officer, eBay North America
Founder & Publisher, Personal Democracy Media
President, AT&T New York
Leigh Ann Sudol-DeLyser
Director of Social Impact, Intel
Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital
Partners & Sponsors
Girls Who Code has mobilized leaders across sectors to invest in a real and tangible solution. We are grateful for the unprecedented support of our partners and sponsors, each of whom is deeply committed to our mission and each of whom has made our work possible.
2013 Program Partners
Meet the Girls
The stories of transformation and empowerment from Girls Who Code alumnae are many. This is the story of Julia.
Hi, my name is Julia Geist. I’m 15 years old, from Brooklyn, NY. I love physics, enjoy sports, and work at a local food bank. I learned at an early age that I’m not like most kids at my school, and not just because I love physics. The oldest of five children, I come from a family with little means—in everything I do, I work to make sure my brothers and sisters don’t face the same hardships that I did. And early in life I realized that to create a better life for my brothers and sisters, I had to create opportunities for myself.
I learned about Girls Who Code from my librarian, who noticed I spent much of my day and all of my lunchtime at the computer in the library. I applied to the program not knowing what to expect, but looking for opportunities to learn new things. On day one in the classroom with 19 strangers, I was quiet and shy.
On graduation night at Google, I was approached with my first ever job offer. Today, at 15, I have two web design jobs to help make ends meet at home. I am teaching my dad to code. He’s now working to become an IT professional to replace his substitute custodian job. My sisters are next on the list.
Some say I’m a natural coder. I think I’m just lucky to have been a part of Girls Who Code. My life—and the lives of my family and my community will never be the same.
Girls Who Code
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