About

Mission & Vision

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

Inspire
In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women, but today that number is just 18%. 20% of AP Computer Science test-takers are female, and 0.4% of high school girls express interest in majoring in Computer Science. What’s going on?

Girls Who Code believes to close the gender gap in technology, we have to inspire girls to pursue computer science by exposing them to real life and on screen role models. We engage engineers, developers, executives, and entrepreneurs to teach and motivate the next generation. Our guest speakers, mentors, and instructors are leaders in their fields, working in positions our girls aspire to attain.

Educate
Our unique pairing of high quality instruction in programming fundamentals, web development and design, mobile development, and robotics with exposure to real-world technology companies is unmatched by any other program.

Girls Who Code programs are providing unparalleled computer science education to girls nationwide — giving them the hard and soft skills needed to become the technologists of tomorrow. We don’t just offer exposure to technology, we train tomorrow’s engineers.

Vision
Our 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. Since beginning in 2012, Girls Who Code to date has served over 3,860 girls in 29 states.

Our Founder

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. Click here to request Reshma as a speaker.

Our Team

Staff


Chelsea Locklear

Junior Analyst

Chrissy Ziccarelli

Deputy Director, Instruction

Christina Honeysett

Communications Associate

Claire Cook

Manager, Marketing

Clayvi Brown

Manager, Community and School Partnerships

Dana Ledyard

Managing Director of Program Development

Dayna Hine

Manager, Operations

Deb Waldman

Manager, Human Resources

Deborah Singer

VP of Marketing & Communications

Dejanelle Peterkin

Community Specialist

Delana Colvin

Manager, Partnership Engagement

Elizabeth Caudle

Deputy Director of Programs

Emily Holsapple Bush

Manager, Individual Giving and Special Events

Emily Reid

Director, Education

Emmeline Cardozo

Associate Director, Partnership Engagement

Feargus Leggett

VP, Finance

Irwin Horowitz

Solutions Architect

Isabelle Langrock

Office Manager

Jeff LaMarca

Accountant

Jessica Dorsi

Executive Assistant

Josephine Lee

Manager, Parent and Family Services

Karolina Kumiega

Manager, Student Data and Analytics

Leah Gilliam

VP, Strategy & Innovation

Lexi Curtice

Manager, Partnership Engagement

Liz Garcia

Senior Manager, Student and Family UX

Loraya Harrington

Senior Manager, Community Programs

Lucy McLoughlin

Manager, Prospective Students

Madalyn Lee

Associate, Student and Family UX

Malina Keutal

Manager, Partnership Engagement

Meg Tobin

Senior Manager, Partnership Engagement

Natalie Bonifede

Director, Programs

Nora Goldfield

Junior Analyst

Salleha Chaudhry

Associate Director, Student and Family Services

Sarah Judd

Senior Curriculum Developer

Shantina Jackson

Associate Director, Community and Schools Engagement

Solomon Steplight

VP, Operations

Vivian Chan

Community Specialist

Yasmine Laurent

Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

 

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

Board Chair; Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Gilt Groupe

Adam Messinger

Chief Technology Officer, Twitter

Trina DasGupta

CEO, Single Palm Tree Productions

Marissa Shorenstein

New York State President, AT&T

Jane Chwick

Retired Partner & Co-COO of Technology, Goldman Sachs

Brain Trust


Beth Comstock

Chief Marketing Officer, GE - Emeritus

Sara Haider

Engineer, Secret

Rebecca Grossman-Cohen

Executive Director, The New York Times

Deena Shakir

Business Development Manager, Google, Inc.

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

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

Why It Matters

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science.

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

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

Women today represent 18% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.

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

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.

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

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.


Major Corporate and Foundation Partners


Adobe Foundation
AppNexus - GWC NY office host
AT&T
BNY Mellon
COVERGIRL
General Electric
Humble Origin Bundle
Infosys Foundation USA
Kate Spade & Company Foundation
Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation
Microsoft
News Corp
Twitter
Verizon Wireless Foundation

2016 Alumni Network Founding Supporter


AT&T

2016 Alumni Network Inaugural Partner


Adobe
The Prudential Foundation

2016 Alumni Network Partners


Accenture
AOL/Cambio
Capital One
Kate Spade & Company Foundation

2016 Summer Immersion Program Partners


Accenture
Adobe
AIG
Akamai
Amazon
AOL Charitable Foundation
AppNexus
AT&T
Autodesk
BlackRock
BSA | The Software Alliance
Capital One
Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls
Electronic Arts
Expedia
Facebook
General Electric
Goldman Sachs
Groupon
IAC
IBM
Indeed
Intuit
JP Morgan Chase
Kate Spade & Company
Lockheed Martin
Microsoft
Pivotal Labs
Pixar Animation Studios
Prudential Financial, Inc
Sephora
Square
Synchrony Financial
The Barlovento Foundation
The Honest Company
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Moody's Foundation
The Walt Disney Company
The Workday Foundation
TripAdvisor
Twitter
Verizon
Viacom

2016 Clubs Program Partners


Accenture
AirBnB
AT&T
BNY Mellon
Con Edison
COVERGIRL
DigitasLBi
Dow Jones Foundation
Durst Family Foundation
ESPN
Infosys Foundation USA
MasterCard
Newark Housing Authority
Oracle Giving
Pinkerton Foundation
Rich Family Foundation
Salesforce Foundation
Samsung
Spotify
Ultimate Software
Vodafone Americas Foundation
Yahoo!

Supporting Partners


Anne Wojcicki
Bloomberg
BNY Mellon
Cambio
Citrix
Consumer Electronics Association
Craig Newmark
craigslist Charitable Fund
Dell
Ellucian
General Motors
Google.org
IPSOS
JCPenney
Kx Systems
Marketshare Partners
Mastercard
National Basketball Association
PenCom
Qualcomm
Ron Conway
Salesforce Foundation
Sara and Evan Williams Foundation
Sequoia Capital
TechCrunch
Ted & Kathleen Janus Charitable Fund
Texas Instruments
The Pinkerton Foundation
Utilidata
Voya Foundation
Women's Bond Club
Yahoo!

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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