Leaders From Salesforce, Linden Lab, Slack and Silicon Valley Bank to Become Advisors to World’s Largest Women in Tech Nonprofit
SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 16, 2018 — Women Who Code (WWCode), the largest and most active women in tech organization in the world, is proud to announce the newest members of their Advisory Board: Ebony Frelix, SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement at Salesforce.org, Priya Rajan, Director, Early Stage Practice at Silicon Valley Bank, Cynthia Maxwell, Director iOS Engineering, Slack, and Tara Hernandez, Senior Director of Systems and Build Engineering at Linden Lab. As Advisors, they will be tasked with helping the 137,000 member global nonprofit in its work to support the success of women engineers.
Priya spoke about her motivations for becoming an advisor to Women Who Code, “With the widening tech gender gap the time to act to collectively to find a resolution on this is NOW. It is such an honor to be a part of an amazing organization that has been purely focused on this issue, and to help drive the cause to reach that much needed proportional representation of women as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers.”
Cynthia echoed those sentiments, "I find it crucially important for technology leaders to support organizations that seek to educate, connect, and promote women at various stages in their career. For me, Women Who Code is that organization. After twenty years in the software industry, I have learned that women are stronger when we help each other. And companies are stronger when they are educated on how to promote, retain and hire talented women."
Women Who Code has Networks located in 60 cities and 20 countries. These are run by 500 volunteer leaders who are responsible for hosting over 1,900 free career and technical events each year. Ebony noted the significance of this programming, “ I know firsthand the powerful impact that a strong support network can have on females within the industry, and I’m inspired by the WWCode community. I look forward to helping the organization expand its important efforts, and reach more women in careers that are shaping the future.”
Tara, who also hosts WWCode Radio, noted the importance of the international nonprofit, “Women Who Code is an amazing organization and has already motivated and supported so many women around the world. Joining the advisory board only cements my commitment to find and share the stories of these and many other women, in our collective efforts to inspire each other and further womens' opportunities in high tech industry.”
Women Who Code CEO and Board Chair Alaina Percival said, “Tara, Priya, Cynthia and Ebony are all incredibly accomplished individuals with a passion for social good, and a commitment to changing tech for the better. With the help of their wisdom, experience, and intellect, WWCode will be able to reach even more women, and have an even greater impact on companies, corporate culture, and the industry as a whole.”
About Women Who Code
Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 7,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 137,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.