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In making CODE documentary, it  is our mission to give the world a much needed wake-up call. For the past several decades females and people of color have been underrepresented in the technology industry.  Young women are deterred from pursuing computer science degrees by ingrained mindsets, obstacles in the educational system, and a lack of diverse role models.  By profiling successful women such as Danielle Feinberg of Pixar, Aliya...

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This week at the Emmys, Viola Davis reminded us that, “the only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity”.  Clearly she was talking about women actors’ accessibility to leading roles in Hollywood, but her comment got me thinking about how this applies to all the arts and about access to viewing films as well. There is a certain irony that most film festivals began with the intention of sharing independent...

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We’ve all heard about the gender gap in tech. Women simply aren’t thriving in one of the most promising fields in the United States — and not for lack of talent. And here’s the truth: It’s not solely a problem for women. It’s a problem for men, too. In just five years, there will be a million unfilled computer science–related jobs in the United States, which according to our calculations could amount to a $500 billion opportunity...

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If you take a close look at  tech companies in the Silicon Valley and in tech hubs around the country and world, it is evident the tech side of the tech industry is a male dominated environment. It wasn’t always this way. In the 1980’s women made up 37% of all computer programmers. So, why the drop off?   In my Fast company interview with Jane Porter, we take a closer look at the evolution of computer programming and how CODE:...

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Women in technology – or the lack thereof – is a hot topic. Googling “women in tech” generates enough content to keep anyone busy; the internet raged with backlash to Barbie’s botched engineering career, and Always spent millions empowering women with their Super Bowl ad. Until recently, I was the only female engineer at Strava. By reflecting on my experiences I can better understand the gender gap, and by sharing my success I hope to...

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A thoughtful companion piece to Tribeca Film Festival Announcement.   This morning it was announced that I was part of the executive producer team for the feature-length documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” which is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  The film takes a critical look at why so many American women and minorities eschew careers in computer science, despite high paying and...

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