329: How Hackbright Academy Is Increasing Women’s Representation In Technology
Based in San Francisco, Hackbright Academy is the Bay Area’s leading engineering school for women. Its mission is to increase the representation of women in tech through education, mentorship, and community. Hackbright’s flagship fellowship is a 12-week immersive software development program where women learn the skills to become full-time software engineers. Graduates receive full-time job offers and Hackbright alumnae are represented at companies including Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, New Relic, GoDaddy, Amazon, and Pinterest.
As a leader of the business, Erin Geiger creates vision, strategy, programs, and partnerships with employers to #changetheratio of women working in tech. Since joining in 2017 she has grown the business of hiring women engineers beyond the tech industry to include health, finance and government industries needing top tech talent.
With an entrepreneurial career spanning for-profit, nonprofit and consulting roles in more than 30 countries, Geiger has worked tirelessly to identify the root causes of inequity and determine how to affect systems-wide change. She has a wide range of relevant subject-matter expertise in areas of global supply chains, farming, microfinance, information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), girls and women, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), social impact studies, fundraising and storytelling.
Erin has also diversified the types and quality of B2B partnerships by listening and working with employers to design tailored programs to solve critical business challenges. Developed a new team of professionals and is scaling operations for continuous growth to advance the movement of “Diversity & Inclusion in Tech.”
After hearing how Erin herself is a Hackbright graduate, I invited her onto my podcast to talk about how Hackbright is firing up women’s imaginations. We discuss what Hackbright hopes to accomplish in the next year, and how tech programs like Hackbright Academy are fantastic for women interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).