Leathwaite Becomes a Founding International Community Partner

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organisation dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science, bravery, and sisterhood and now, for the first time ever, their free programming is available in the UK.

Since 2012, Girls Who Code has reached more than 100,000 girls across the United States. With the aim of their programs to empower girls with the confidence, support, network, and technical skills they need to change the world.

The results are striking: Girl Who Code’s college-aged alumni are majoring in computer science and related fields at a rate of 15 times the U.S. national average.

Reshma Saujani, an American lawyer and politician, is the inspiration behind Girls Who Code, and was the first Indian-American woman (and the first South Asian American woman) to ever run for Congress.

Reshma has a clear goal in mind that drives her on a daily basis: to see one million women working within computer science by 2020.

Here is an inspirational video that Reshma recorded at TED in 2016.

Amy Mitchell and Lily Tomkins, are leading the relationship on behalf of Leathwaite. Sitting within Leathwaite’s CIO Practice, they specialise in appointing heads of technology, spanning AI/machine learning, blockchain, cloud, data, engineering, information security and procurement, with a focus on diversity.

“We’ve worked with Girls Who Code in the US since 2017 and when they shared their plans for international expansion into the UK, Canada and India, we couldn’t wait to get involved. Globally, Leathwaite already supports a number of community, educational and diversity initiatives, and we are truly excited to be partnering with Girls Who Code.”

Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs that get girls ages 11-18 excited about computer science. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science.