Girl Develop It
Girl Develop It (GDI) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help
women improve their careers and build their confidence. The
organization provides affordable web and software development training
to women of all races, education levels and incomes. Courses include
HTML/CSS and Intermediate HTML/CSS, and are held by GDI chapters across
the U.S. Chapters currently exist in 46 cities and represent more than
35,000 members nationwide. Course materials are built by GDI's community
of industry-leading technologists, instructors and leaders.
Society of Women Engineers
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was formed in 1950 by a group of
more than 60 women engineers and engineering students "to develop their
abilities, to give expression to their potential, to contribute to
society." SWE is a membership organization focused on issues of interest
to women working in engineering and technology fields. The organization
has more than 30,000 members and offers a variety of opportunities,
including networking, and education and development. The society's
quarterly magazine, SWE Magazine, is accessible to members and
nonmembers, and features resources on personal and career development.
Women Who Tech
Women Who Tech was
started "to bring together talented and renowned women breaking new
ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the
world and inspire change." The organization currently focuses on helping
women startups get access to funding, since according to the
organization, 93% of investor money goes to startups founded by men.
Women Who Tech offers three programs to help women pitch their startups
to investors and get their startups funded. The TeleSummits feature
speakers who share insights on funding a startup. The Women Startup
Challenge is a pitch competition in which 12 finalists showcase their
ventures, and the Women Startup Database is a database of women-led
is to "create a more inclusive economy by on-ramping moms to careers in
technology." The organization's tech orientation program directly
addresses the challenges that prevent many moms from gaining the
technical skills required to thrive in the new economy; namely,
childcare, work or financial constraints. The tech orientation program
includes a curriculum that emphasizes basic computer programming and web
design, along with networking opportunities, industry knowledge
building, onsite childcare and Saturday classes. The program runs for
eight weeks in San Francisco, Calif.
Interop is taking
concrete steps to address the gender divide, including actively seeking
out female speakers, offering leadership sessions on diversity, and
developing networking events for women in IT. See some of the
opportunities for and by women in Interop Challenges IT Gender Gap.
"Diverse talent is a
key tenet of business success," said Interop General Manager Jennifer
Jessup. "We're proud to serve as a proponent for the diversity movement
in our tech community and will confront the challenges within employees'
career development and managements' talent search in an open forum."
If you are a woman
technologist and would like to be involved in Interop, please contact
content lead Susan Fogarty for more information.