Today, we proudly announced our acquisition of TechGirlz, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that is inspiring and preparing middle school girls for careers in tech. Their innovative, off-the-shelf TechShopz curriculum, focusing on robotics, digital media and many other topics beyond coding, has been used by volunteer instructors around the country to reach more 15,000 girls to date.
Our staff met with TechGirlz staff in Philadelphia to welcome them to the Creating IT Futures team.
TechGirlz will join our successful adult-focused IT-Ready program and our network of partner organizations to make up a continuous path of technology prep and on-ramps from middle school through high school and into adulthood, supported by Creating IT Futures. Through these connected programs, we are preparing America’s future tech workforce and building a pipeline of talent to fill open tech jobs.
Creating IT Futures has been a long-time supporter of TechGirlz. I got to know TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson-Rossman several years ago, and right away we clicked because we saw the problem and solution in similar ways. More girls need more opportunities to experience the wide breadth of what tech offers – both as a potential career path as well as how tech impacts everything in our lives. The work of TechGirlz is about female economic empowerment, and the conversation with girls and parents has to be about more than just coding. Tracey and her team have built something amazing. This past summer, we both realized we would be stronger together, and we started the conversations with each other and our boards about combining our teams.
As one entity, we can now provide TechGirlz with the operational expertise to continue scaling its rapid growth. At the same time, we can learn from their proven youth-focused programs to address tech training needs earlier in the talent pipeline.
I’m excited to have Amy Cliett leading the TechGirlz team as they transition into Creating IT Futures.
As part of this acquisition, the TechGirlz team will be integrated into Creating IT Futures but continue to operate out of their Philadelphia offices. The TechGirlz brand will continue and will become one of our signature programs along with IT-Ready. Creating IT Futures will also take over management of the ongoing TechGirlz capital campaign with a goal to raise $1 million by 2020. And Tracey will assist me during the transition and remain on the Creating IT Futures board for several more years, all while keeping her day job as chief marketing officer at Chariot Solutions.
To be clear, an acquisition of nonprofits does not involve financial remuneration – it is a merger of assets and talent. It helps us consolidate our efforts as a single entity in pursuit of our shared mission.
An enormous congratulations to the entire TechGirlz team for all their hard work and success, and an even bigger welcome as they officially join the Creating IT Futures organization.
TechGirlz leaders, Amy Cliett, national director, and Tracey Welson-Rossman, founder and CEO, and I are ready to inspire more girls to learn about tech careers.
If you would like to support our work preparing women for careers in tech, there are a number of ways you can engage with Creating IT Futures.
- TechGirlz: In addition to participating in the current capital campaign, you also can host, lead or sponsor a workshop anywhere in the United States.
- IT-Ready: Support our longest-running program by hiring a graduate, speaking to a class, reviewing resumes, or underwriting program tuition for a student.
- Women in Tech Summit: Sponsor or attend this conference focused on helping women technologists remain in and expand their technology careers.
- Technology Student Association: Participate in this program reaching 2,000 middle and high schools in 48 states by speaking to a class or conference or by judging or volunteering at a TSA STEM competition.