Girls in Tech was founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, an American technology executive and activist, and has more than 60,000 active members across 50+ chapters worldwide. The organization started with the premise that there is a strong, smart, and outspoken girl within all of us — and she needs to be heard.
Over the past 20 years, women have made up less than 25% of the hires in tech. The nonprofit recognizes that tech today requires people of all backgrounds and skill levels, such as data analysts, creatives, marketers, strategists, and coders.
Girls in Tech has funded, supported, and mentored over 4,000 entrepreneurs and startups through their AMPLIFY program. More than 49,000 people have participated in their Hackathon series to solve local and global problems, and 65,000 have joined the organization’s coding, design, and startup Bootcamps. The nonprofit offers inspiring programs and a diverse community of members willing to help others enter and excel in tech. They frequently run digital events, mentorship programs, and workshops that cover technical as well as soft skills that often go overlooked, such as better communication and stronger leadership.
The team also maintains a job board with hundreds of opportunities for girls in tech and runs a podcast that “explores the evolution of tech through interviews with people who are developing solutions” that can shape the future.
Board of Directors
Girls in Tech evaluates the composition of its board regularly to make sure it includes the “appropriate, skills, experience and perspective needed to advance the organization's mission.”
The new additions to the Board of Directors are both advocates for diverse, equal, and inclusive causes.
Raquel Tamez is the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the nation’s largest association dedicated to fostering Hispanic leadership in STEM. The SHPE offers effective training, mentorship, and programming, so people in the community can realize their fullest potential and impact the world through STEM access, support, awareness, and development.
Raquel has expanded the society’s programs, resources, and services for its more than 13,000 members nationwide. Before joining the organization, she was the chief legal office, general counsel, and SVP of legal for SourceAmerica, a nonprofit that creates job opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Today, she also serves as a member of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
In September 2020, Raquel received the Mexican government’s 2020 Ohtli Award highlighting her efforts to empower Hispanic communities across the globe.
Sanjay Mehta is Senior Vice President of Global Alliances at cybersecurity leader Trend Micro, where he leads a team that drives technology and business innovation through the creation and growth of partnerships and the expansion of new routes to deliver solutions for both small businesses and large enterprises. Before becoming Vice President, he was head of the US business and had led the Australia & New Zealand region.
Sanjay has worked with Girls in Tech for a number of years, ever since he made a partnership with the nonprofit in 2018 to help the organization strengthen global reach. Together, they worked on launching a cybersecurity curriculum and provided mentorship to girls and women who were considering a technology career.
Sanjay believes that in order for all of tech to succeed, we need to overcome the barriers that prevent minorities and women from attaining their goals. His voice has been a steady one for inclusive leadership and building diverse teams.
Further additions to the Board include Guidewire Software Chief Evangelist Laura Drabik, ActOne Founder & CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd, and Twitter Vice President of Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement Candi Castleberry Singleton, amongst others.
About the Author
Yisela Alvarez Trentini is an Anthropologist + User Experience / Human-Computer Interaction Designer with an interest in emerging technologies, social robotics, and VR/AR.