It is Thursday, January 10, 2019. In case you forgot.

Find a tech mentor with #BUILTBYGIRLS 

It’s no secret that tech has a gender diversity problem. While women make up more than half of the population in the United States, they remain a minority in tech. Female employees represent just 26% of technical roles in the industry.

Trickle-down diversity?

Tech execs can’t seem to agree on how they’re going to fix this problem. Hiring C-level “heads of diversity and inclusion” has become a common approach but the effectiveness of this method has yet to reveal itself. Others, like Slack, are doing a relatively good job at closing the gap without a diversity executive. 

The top-down executive approach is definitely a step in the right direction, but more investment in beefing up the female tech pipeline is necessary. And that means supporting the next generation of female techies -- enter #BUILTBYGIRLS.

Starting mentorship early

#BUILTBYGIRLS provides young women in high school and college who are interested in tech with career development resources, community, events, and much more. The company is making tangible strides in improving gender diversity in tech by empowering and educating young women. Their central offering is a program called WAVE.

WAVE is a mentorship platform that pairs young women with experienced tech professionals to expose them to a range of career paths, arm them with important skills, and help them build a tech network. Finding a good mentor can be tough, and WAVE does all of the hard work for you.

Once matched, you meet with your mentor once a month and work through an agenda of interesting topics and discuss any burning questions you might have about tech. The program lasts one year and you’ll be matched with a different mentor every three months. Mentoring sessions are offered in-person or remote depending on your location and the availability of your mentor. 


Sign up, the next session starts soon

We personally participated as mentors for the most recent cohort and had a very positive experience with our mentees. If you're interested in finding a tech mentor, the deadline to sign up for the next cohort is January 25th.
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In our latest episode, we interview Corie Miller. Corie is a product manager at #BUILTBYGIRLS. In our conversation, Corie takes us through what it's like to work in product management and explains in detail her most recent project to completely redesign the BUILTBYGIRLS marketing website.

Corie was a Physics major in college and we discuss why Corie decided to skip a career in science and work in tech and how she transitioned to being a product manager. Last but not least Corie explains the product resources she uses to continue learning about the craft.
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