Community. Empowerment. Women.
These are all words used to describe ReigningIt, an inclusive and caring community of support for women in STEM. Co-Founded by Angela Cleveland and Saqi Mehta, ReigningIt shares the pathways and journeys of women across the world of STEM, celebrating female success and their relentless determination.
This organization builds a community and increases gender diversity while empowering women. Founded in October 2015, this platform aims to close the gender gap and encourages equal access to STEM. In just two years, ReigningIt has featured over 500 inspiring and diverse women in STEM! Their stories offer inspiration to others and allow women to express themselves in a safe and welcoming environment.
Along with their empowering blog, ReigningIt also has mentorship networks on social platforms, roundtable discussions, and workshops to provide an environment of continual personal growth. Through this, women all across the globe are able to connect with others with similar interests.
As a community, ReigningIt is closing the gender gap in STEM by building a strong, empowered network of mentorship and support system. Read more about them here!
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On January 10th, 2018, Girls in TE was invited by the Women in Technology Society, also referred to as WITS, to attend their “Breaking Into Tech” Workshop. This event was designed for those interested in technology and entrepreneurship!
Akailah Wilson, the captivating Google recruiter, led the event with informative tips on resume formatting, preparation for the overall process, and offered suggestions for a first interview! Ms. Wilson thoroughly explained standards for job applications and successfully informed aspiring leaders on the Google recruiting process.
There were also students who spoke on topics such as breaking into tech with no coding experience and what the traditional software recruiting process is like.
I’ve learned an abundance of information and will be attending the next events. Overall, this event was an informative experience and was executed excellently!
On December 5th, 2017, Girls in TE hosted the Girls in TE Career Talk. We invited six inspiring women from the technology and engineering fields to talk about their career pathways in TE (technology and engineering) as a woman. Their careers ranged from a Google Intern to a Sales Woman from Shopify! We only invited 30 high school girls, as we wanted to make this Career Talk more personal and memorable. We wanted the girls to feel as if they were talked with, not talked to. Our goal for this career talk was to share knowledge, opportunities, and insight the 30 high school girls invited. But most importantly, to take one step closer to closing the gender gap in the TE fields.
The night began at 5:45 pm with a networking session where speakers and high school girls arrived. At 6:05, there were opening remarks from the Co-Founders, Sarah Chun and Cindy Xie. Next, the night's agenda was explained and our inspirational speakers were introduced. Then, our keynote speaker, Dr. Cecille Freeman who currently works for Google as a Software Developer, gave her keynote speech to the girls. Dr. Freeman inspired us with her personal story and path as a woman in tech. Additionally, she gave tips and crucial life advice for aspiring young women!
Each speaker was placed at a table seated with 5 high school girls. At 6:40, the speakers and high school girls played icebreakers to learn more about each other and ate dinner catered from a local Italian restaurant. At 7:00, we had Coding Conversations, a time for the high school girls to personally ask questions from the speaker at the table. The speakers were switched around tables 3 times for the high school girls to learn more from different women. At 7:30, there was a Q&A session. The speakers were asked to sit at the front and were asked questions relating to their career.