NEW YORK, NY – Today, Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech, announced changes to its Board of Directors, as it prepares to mark 10 years of expanding access to tech education for the most marginalized communities.
Carol Juel, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Operating Officer at Synchrony, will step into the role as Board Chair after one year of serving on the Board, and Jeanette Gamble, Global Head of Data & Analytics Technology & Web Services of Morgan Stanley, joined the Board in February of this year. Reshma Saujani, who founded Girls Who Code in 2012, will step down as Board Chair to concentrate on her efforts with “Marshall Plan for Moms,” and will remain an integral member of the larger Board and Executive Committee. Tiffany Dufu and Kara Sprague will step down from their Board duties after six years of dedicated and valued service.
“We’re thrilled to have Carol serve as our new Chair, and to welcome Jeanette to our Board. Both women are the embodiment of Girls Who Code’s values – they are not only role models for the students we serve every day, but are also lifelong advocates for equity in the workplace. I look forward to their insight and leadership as we enter an exciting new phase of our work to close the gender gap in tech, ” said Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “As our students face increased challenges in school and in the workplace, and the need for Girls Who Code’s movement grows, I can’t think of anyone better than Carol and Jeanette to share the reins with,” added Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code.
“It’s an honor to serve as Board Chair of Girls Who Code, “ said Carol Juel, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Operating Officer at Synchrony. “I’m committed to the Girls Who Code mission of expanding access to tech education for the most marginalized and encouraging young women to pursue
tech careers. I look forward to working alongside inspiring leaders to support this growing movement and close the gender gap in tech.”
“I’m honored to join Girls Who Code’s Board of Directors. From the start of my career, I’ve been a big proponent of advocating for equity in the workplace, as I think it is crucial to show young people that they can be anything they want to be,” said Jeanette Gamble, Global Head of Data & Analytics Technology & Web Services of Morgan Stanley. “I’m looking forward to furthering the success of Girls Who Code globally with the expansion of the Summer Immersion Program to India, Hungary and other countries, finding ways to train the leaders of the future, and building a truly equitable society.”
Since 2012, Girls Who Code has served 500,000 students and has 115,000 college and career-aged alumni – half of whom come from historically underrepresented groups in tech. All programs and initiatives are created to meet the needs of students at every turning point in their educational journey and into their careers.
About Carol Juel
Carol Juel is Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operating Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. As a business leader and technologist, Carol is responsible for building Synchrony’s technology and operations strategy, including the company’s focus on end-to-end technology and operations solutions, creating seamless customer experiences, driving how the company will operate and modernizing engagement with millions of cardholders. During her more than 25-year career, Carol has played a significant role in the development of innovative Synchrony solutions for its partners, customers and employees. Carol is responsible for continuing to evolve new ways of working, including the company’s agile approach to promote speed and drive innovation. Prior to being named Chief Technology and Operating Officer, Carol was Synchrony’s first Chief Information Officer leading the company’s overall information technology strategy and digital transformation focused on hybrid cloud and AI. She and her team also created leading payment and financing solutions for partners and customers. Prior to Synchrony’s separation from GE in 2015, Carol served as Chief Information Officer of GE Capital Retail Finance. In her 10 years with GE, she held a variety of senior leadership roles in technology governance, security, business development, digital and marketing. Before joining GE, Carol was a technology consultant at Accenture where she focused on the financial services sector, developing technology initiatives that drove growth, and operational excellence for clients. Carol is a passionate advocate for helping employees grow their careers, with a focus on advancing women in technology. Carol was elected to the board of directors of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit helping to close the gender gap in technology, and she is the executive sponsor of the Synchrony’s Girls Who Code Summer Immersion and Club Programs. She also serves as the executive sponsor of Synchrony’s Women’s Network, one of eight Synchrony diversity networks which promote diversity, inclusion and belonging throughout the company.
She currently serves on the board of Brighthouse Financial and is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering, the CNBC Technology Executive Council and the Fast Company Impact Council. Carol was honored by American Banker as a Most Powerful Woman in Banking Standout in 2021, by the National Diversity Council as one of the Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2021, by ORBIE as the 2019 CIO of the Year and was named one of the most “Influential Women in Payments” by PaymentsSource in 2016 and 2017. Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
About Jeanette Gamble
Jeanette Gamble is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Enterprise Technology and Services organization where she is the head of Data & Analytics Technology and Web Services. Her role covers Services and Engineering for all Data and Analytics products globally
Jeanette joined Morgan Stanley’s analyst program in 2000 and has held positions of continuously increasing responsibility across the Morgan Stanley Technology and Finance organizations in London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Her roles have spanned Enterprise Computing, Application Development, Quality Assurance and Production Management, Finance and Enterprise Crisis Management. Jeanette was promoted to Vice President in 2006, Executive Director in 2010, and Managing Director in 2020; she is currently based in New York City. Jeanette has been a long-time advocate for diversity and gives back substantially through mentoring early-career women on their career outlook and progression. She is the North America Co-Lead for the Technology Diversity Committee, Co-Chair of the Women in Technology
Committee and the firm sponsor for Morgan Stanley’s partnership with “Girls Who Code.” Jeanette holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Salford University. She resides in New York City with her young daughter and is an avid cook, blogger and food reviewer.
About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, and leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip students who identify as girls or nonbinary with the computing skills needed to pursue 21st century opportunities. Since launching in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 500,000 students through our in-person and virtual programming, and 115,000 of our alumni are college or career-aged.
We have sparked culture change through marketing campaigns and advocacy efforts, generating 14 Billion engagements globally. In 2019, the organization was named the #1 Most Innovative Non-Profit on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list. This year, the organization was named as one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For from The NonProfit Times.