Sending a special thank you to the Michigan Council of Women in Technology for gifting two Sister Code participants with free memberships to their illustrious organization. MCWT is a progressive organization that inspires and supports women as they enter, advance, and contribute to Michigan’s technology community.
Last week in partnership with Microsoft Corporation we celebrated 50 “New Geeks.” Since Sisters Code was founded in September 2013, we have trained 50 women to code in Java Script while building interactive websites. Some of the women have gone on to develop websites, start their own businesses, and enrolled in college courses. During the celebration, MCWT Executive Director, Janette Phillips motivated the women to believe in themselves and to consider re-careering into technology.
Since launching our 2020 BYTE 2020 Campaign last week, we have received hundreds of inquiries. It is evident that women are interested in re-careering into the field of technology, however it is very important that they see people that “look like them,” who are already doing it.
Kudos to MCWT for affording Sisters Code’s participants with an opportunity to network with some of the greatest women in technology.
For more information on MCWT please visit: www.mcwt.org
Two Sister Code Weekend Website Warrior Graduates will have an opportunity to take their new coding skills and shadow some of the best developers in the City of Detroit. Chalkfly is an organization that is really working tirelessly to make a positive impact in the community.
As we move towards bridging the technology gender gap, it is very important for women to “see people” who are actually working in the field, and Chalkfly has stepped up to give our participants that opportunity. “Sisters Code is larger than a class, and we will not be a “one hit wonder.” This is a movement to bridge the technology gender gap, therefore we cannot just teach a class and not offer support for further career growth. Asking corporations to offer opportunities like this doesn’t cost anything, however a shadowing or mentoring experience could potentially transform the life of a woman. I would say that the “ask” is worth it,” states Sisters Code Founder, Marlin Page.
Chalkfly’s entire business culture is stemmed in giving back and uplifting the community. When you purchase an item from their online office supply store a portion of your purchase goes DIRECTLY to a teacher of your choice. We all know that teachers are always looking for ways to enhance our children’s learning experience, and Chalkfly’s effort helps get them closer to that goal.
Click here for more information on Chalkfly.