There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. – Kofi Annan
In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations. However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology.
Encourage. Energize. Empower. Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice, WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest.
Where should you start? How about right here? Here is a great place to start. We’ll do it together.
As technology moves forward, there are tech talent shortages in most technical areas and throughout the world. In some cases, people who don’t have degrees or don’t have experience are overlooked for job openings by HR departments. One tech entrepreneur, Jim McKelvey, the founder of Square, decided to do something about the dearth of available programmers in St. Louis by starting a non-profit called LaunchCode. LaunchCode matches qualified people with paid internships that often lead to full-time jobs at companies like MasterCard and Boeing. LaunchCode has since expanded to Miami, Kansas City, and Rhode Island.
Our June webinar speaker, LaShana Lewis, is one of LaunchCode’s first success stories. Be sure to join us to hear how, with the help of LaunchCode and its and its women’s meetup program CoderGirl, she was able to transition from a service job to a career as a systems engineer at MasterCard.