Apr 13, 2013

Girls Who Code

Last week, I was at the Women in the World Conference hosted by Tina Brown in New York.    There were many interesting panels from Syria: Women in War, to South Africa’s Dr. Mamphela Ramphele being interviewed by Charlie Rose, to a keynote by Hillary Clinton.  But, the one panel that caught my eye, was “Grooming Titans of Tech:  The Future Innovators, Influencers, and Entrepreneurs”.


The Grooming Titans of Tech panel was moderated by Chelsea Clinton and featured Leah Busque, Founder and CEO of Task Rabbit, Esther Lee, Senior Vice President at AT&T, Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code, and Andrea Zurek, founding partner, XG Ventures.  All of these women were incredible.  They are all young, innovative and creative. 


If I were to encourage anyone to get behind one of these women, it would be Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code.  Reshma has organized girls clubs in high schools to help introduce them to the world of computing.  STEM seems to be the new buzz acronym.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  These are paths that have been traditionally closed to girls.  Girls Who Code works to “educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue career opportunities in computing fields” 

Girls Who Code