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riana Gascoigne is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to “engage, educate, and empower girls who are passionate about technology.”

Girls in Tech CEO Adriana Gascoigne

Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech claims 60 chapters with upwards of 50,000 members worldwide. The organization’s focus is not just on women in professional roles. It also offers support to anyone with an interest in technology, providing women with a platform for growth in the field.

In this exclusive interview, Gascoigne speaks to TechNewsWorld about he organization’s purpose, its accomplishments thus far, and its future hopes and plans.

 

Adriana Gascoigne: I was working at a startup and was one of very few women there. I’d look around the room every day and see that there was a huge problem of representation. I knew we needed to change the culture of the company to recruit more women and benefit more women, but we also needed diversity in product development.

If you have a diverse team, your product is going to be more successful. I think having a diverse group of people helps you to make a better product in the end, and I was striving to create a more diverse team so our customers could benefit from the end product.

The mission of Girls in Tech is still the same. Our tenets are empowerment, engagement, and education of women in STEM and tech. We focus on providing skills and a network so that women can succeed in whatever they want to do.

We want to serve as a support network, and provide advanced skills and a learning environment, so women can be exposed to different opportunities throughout their careers.

A woman’s career trajectory takes many different paths. We want to make sure that we have the resources, educational platforms and network to support women at many different stages of their career, and that they have the mentors and role models to follow.