Girls in Tech celebrates 15 years of success in closing the gender gap

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  • Over 100,000 members in over 40 countries mark great progress since 2007 and the immense challenges ahead in the fight to end the gender gap
  • Girls in Tech to mark the milestone at its annual conference on September 7 with keynote addresses from senior executives from Accenture, Edward Jones, Gap, IBM, McKesson, Okta, TIAA, Trend Micro and Verizon

NASHVILLE, Tenn., August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — girls in techa global non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, celebrates its 15th anniversary at its annual conference on September 7 in Nashville – a forum for executives around the world to come together and discuss industry trends, tricks of the trade, setbacks, triumphs and life experiences specifically tailored for women in tech.

Founded in 2007 by CEO Adriana Gascony, Girls in Tech has become a global leader in the movement for gender equality with over 100,000 women and allies in 56 cities, 42 countries and 6 continents. Among the greatest achievements of the organization:

  • Over 15,000 entrepreneurs funded, mentored and supported through the Startup Challenge, the organization’s flagship entrepreneurship pitch competition;
  • Over 100,000 participants in the Girls in Tech Hackathon series, solving local and global problems;
  • Over 35,000 participants in coding, design and startup bootcamps;
  • the recently launched “Next Generation of Public Sector and Service Leaders” program to provide education and awareness of career opportunities in federal, state and local government.

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women in the workplace, and many of the hard-won gains in gender equality over the past 15 years are under threat. According to last year’s Girls in Tech study “The Tech Workplace for Women During the Pandemic” 79% of women who have children in the household say they feel exhausted and more than one in four women say they have been sexually harassed at work. The situation is even worse around the world, with the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report finding that the pandemic has set women back so much that the gender gap is not expected to be closed for more than 135 years.

The Girls in Tech community opens a new chapter this September 7 at its annual conference, featuring a dynamic selection of speakers with inspiring stories and practical insights to share. Keynote speakers include:

  • Jill AndersonDirector, Technology Software Infrastructure at Edward Jones
  • Alvina AntarChief Information Officer at Okta
  • Debika BhattacharyaSenior Vice President, 5G and Enterprise Solutions at Verizon
  • Latrise BrissetManaging Director, Global IT, Business Operations at Accenture
  • Ruth DavisDirector of Call for Code, Worldwide Ecosystems at IBM
  • Wendy HaringtonChief Data & Artificial Intelligence at TIAA
  • Maria LensingSenior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Infrastructure Engineering and Operations at McKesson
  • Louise McEvoyVice President, US Sales at Trend Micro
  • Heather Mickman, Chief Information Officer at Gap Inc.

“It’s amazing to look back at the progress we’ve made in 15 years and the more than 100,000 women and allies who are united for change, but the fight to end the gender gap in tech and beyond isn’t going to get any easier,” said Adriana Gascony, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech. “This year’s Girls in Tech conference will feature some of the boldest and most successful women in tech presenting their unique vision for the way forward.”

Girls in Tech Conference is sponsored by AWS, Banyan Labs, CDW, Comcast, Gap Inc, Guideware, Infoblox, Marsh, McKesson, McKinsey & Company, Nike, Okta, Pega, Trend Micro, Unstoppable Domains, and Verizon.

A full program for the Girls in Tech conference can be found here.

About Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Today, every industry is a technology industry, with a need for people of all skills and backgrounds. We provide education and experiences to help people discover and perfect their unique superpower. Our goal is to see everyone accepted, confident and valued in technology, as they are.

For more information, visit www.GirlsInTech.org or follow instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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