“This is more than just a program. It’s a movement.” —Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code

Our Mission + Vision

MISSION: Girls Who Code programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

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. Girls Who Code launched in 2012 with one program in New York City, and in just one year expanded its Summer Immersion Program to 8 programs in 5 cities nationwide.

Building on this success, the organization launched Girls Who Code Clubs in schools, libraries, and community-based organizations across the country, and is poised to dramatically increase programming in 2014.

Team

Executive Team

Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO 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 also the author of a new book entitled, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, released in October 2013 by Amazon Publishing.

Staff

Carolina Huaranca

National Clubs Director

Casi Schwisow

Seattle Program Manager

Charellitta Lewis

Office Manager

Dana Ledyard

Managing Director

Elizabeth Caudle

NYC Program Manager

Sara Sadek

Bay Area Program Manager

Nancy Bright

Midwest Regional Director

Natalie Bonifede

West Coast Regional Director

Ashley Gavin

Curriculum Director

Florence Noel

Northeast Regional Director

Charlotte Stone

Communications and Marketing Director

Liza Conrad

Development and Operations Manager

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

Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Chair of Board

Evan Korth

Professor, Computer Science, NYU Co-Founder, hackNY

Jamie Miller

SVP & CIO, GE

Alexis Maybank

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Gilt Groupe

Adam Messinger

Chief Technology Officer, Twitter

Trina DasGupta

CEO, Single Palm Tree Productions

Hope Taitz

Managing Partner, ELY Advisors

Marissa Shorenstein

New York State President, AT&T

Brain Trust

Penny Abeywardena

Associate Director, Clinton Global Initiative

Beth Comstock

Chief Marketing Officer, GE

Sara Haider

Engineer, Twitter

David Hirsch

Managing Partner, Metamorphic Ventures

Kelly Hoey

Founder, Women Innovate Mobile

Rebecca Grossman-Cohen

VP Partner Relations, News Corp

Deborah Jackson

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Gina Bianchini

Co-Founder, Ning, CEO, Mightybell

Deena Shakir

Business Development Manager, Google, Inc.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Deputy Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council of Foreign Relations

Peggy Fry

Erin Roche

Senior Vice President & Partner, FleishmanHillard

Jessica Lawrence

Managing Director, New York Tech Meetup

Michael Skolnik

Co-President, Global Grind

Susan Lyne

Chairman, Gilt Groupe, Board of Directors, AOL

Hilary Mason

Chief Scientist, bit.ly

Susan Spector McPherson

Senior Vice President, Fenton

Nihal Mehta

Entrepreneur, Investor, Local Response

Craig Newmark

Founder, Craigslist

Brian O'Kelley

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, AppNexus

Maria Gotsch

President & CEO, NYC Investment Fund

Richelle Parham

Chief Marketing Officer, eBay North America

Andrew Rasiej

Founder & Publisher, Personal Democracy Media

Leigh Ann Sudol-DeLyser

Renee Wittemyer

Director of Social Impact, Intel

Greg Gunn

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.

2014 Summer Immersion Program Partners

Funders

Supporters

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.

What happened in the weeks following is history. I quickly learned everything from how to program robots in Python to how to build websites in HTML and video games in JavaScript. I met with female engineers from Google, Gilt Groupe, Twitter, and Stanford. I worked at AppNexus, toured Google, Foursquare, Facebook, AT&T and began to envision a new future for myself. I fell in love with computer science—and not just because of the amazing opportunities it has afforded me.

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.

Testimonials

"I'm capable of doing things I never thought I could do. I'm motivated to start my own company. I want to make a difference in my community."

Diana, 16

"Before this program, I knew nothing of coding, designing, UX/UI, etc. Now I have a job making a website for my friend's dad's company, I wrote a game in Java Script, and more. I definitely plan on continuing to learn computer science and teaching others along the way."

Julia, 15

"I believe that technology is a life skill and everyone should be exposed to computer science. I now see myself majoring in computer science and instead of a doctor, I want to be a computer science teacher."

Lesley, 15

"When I was in Bangladesh I didn’t know how to even turn on a computer. My cousins used computers to play games and I was always jealous that they were using computers. Because of my interest in computers, my ESL teacher told me about Girls Who Code. I’m lucky to have gotten in."

Masuma, 17

"Girls Who Code was not just a coding program. I learned how to speak in front of a crowd, how to pitch my products to engineers, and how to teach others. I discovered that I can build my own applications and games and found my true passion. Girls Who Code gave me confidence in my abilities and helped me to see what I can accomplish in my life. I now know who I am, what I want to do, and how I am going to get there."

Nikita, 16

Contact Us

Girls Who Code

28 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(646) 629-9735

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Why It Matters

0.3%

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3% of high school girls select computer science.

100%

100% of 2012 program participants report that they are definitely or more likely to major in computer science following the program.

12%

Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

12%

While 57% of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12% of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

17%

Despite the fact that 55% of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17% of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls.

25%

Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.

29%

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are expected produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.

3/25

In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.