Sisters Code Participants Receive Free Membership to Michigan Council of Women in Technology

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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

 

Sister Code Weekend Website Warrior Graduates to Shadow Developers at Detroit Based Chalkfly

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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.

Million Women Mentors Launches National Movement to Mobilize One Million Mentors of Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

Photo courtesy of STEMConnector

Photo courtesy of STEMConnector

Million Women Mentors (MWM) was launched on January 8, 2014 in an effort to engage one million science, technology, engineering, and math  (STEM) mentors.  The initiative’s goal is to empower females to actively pursue STEM education and careers.   MWM has 13 corporate sponsors and more thatn 40 organizations dedicated to mentoring and increasing access to professionals working in the STEM field.

MWM’s launch includes the debut of the website www.millionwomenmentors.org, which will be developed in phases. The first phase will include a national call to action for those interested in mentoring.  The second and third phase will pair mentors and mentees in STEM Fields.

“We have the responsibility as a country to move the needle on girls and young women in STEM careers from 24 percent of our current workforce to 50 percent,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector and Co-Founder of Million Women Mentors.

“STEM careers offer women and girls the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of innovation. TCS believes we collectively need an all hands on deck approach, clearing hurdles as women navigate careers in STEM, and paving the way towards realizing greater equality and economic success,” said Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services’ President for North America, UK & Europe. “We are proud to be a Founding Partner of MWM and pledge our commitment to make mentoring accessible to girls and women across the nation, especially those from underrepresented minorities.”

Founding Sponsors include: Accenture, Cisco, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in addition to Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Research, Walmart and ADP. Silver sponsors include: Adecco Group North America, General Motors, Intellectual Ventures and UST Global.

Sisters Code Perspective:  When I entered the field of technology, I didn’t have a formal mentor and unfortunately there were not many females at the technology table.  Luckily, I found a mentor and he taught me the value of learning to code and helped me to navigate through a field filled with men.  I believe that a formal mentoring program and allowing young girls the ability to see “someone who looks like them,” in the tech field will  definitely help to bridge the gender gap in technology.   Sisters Code has joined the movement pledging to mentor help females looking to re-career into the field of technology!  We are looking forward to joining the movement!

Question:  Do you think mentoring will help empower girls in STEM?

Click Here to Find out more about MWM