First Woman to Launch a Venture Fund in Georgia Takes on Role as Newest Board Member at International Diversity in Tech Nonprofit
San Francisco - November 18th, 2016 — Women Who Code (WWCode), a 501c3 that works to support technology professionals in achieving their career goals, is proud to announce the latest edition to their Board of Advisors, Lisa Calhoun, a founding partner at Valor Ventures and the first woman to launch a venture fund in Georgia. The venture firm invests in hypergrowth technology outside of Silicon Valley. Joining the Board, Calhoun will add her wisdom and experience to the efforts of Women Who Code, as they work together to create a more open and inclusive tech industry.
Lisa’s company, Valor Ventures, co-hosts Startup Runway, the first pitch series to connect women and minority startups with seed capital in the Southeast. Valor also publishes Female Entrepreneurs Magazine, the fastest growing niche publication by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs. Before founding Valor, Lisa helped tech startups achieve over $1B dollars in exits through the digital marketing agency she founded, Write2Market.
When asked about joining the WWCode Board of Advisors Lisa Calhoun said, “I met Women Who Code first in Austin. Valor was sponsoring a hackathon. I was impressed with culture of the organization--active, engaged, positive and supporting. As I got to know WWCode better in more cities, I realized it has a unique DNA. Its 80,000 members are some of the world’s most radical technical leaders from all stages of development, united in one voice for a stronger technical community. It’s an honor to support the mission of this powerful group.”
As a member of the Women Who Code Board of Advisors, Lisa joins a group of Technology Leaders including Regina Wallace-Jones, Head of Security Operations at Facebook, Shawn Layden, Chairman of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive, and Lily Chang, VP of Central Engineering at VMWare. With their help she will work to support WWCode in its mission to change the face of tech and inspire engineers around the world to achieve their career goals.
Women Who Code CEO and Board Chair Alaina Percival said, “Lisa is an incredible individual who has done so much to empower people and help them achieve professional success. She embodies the core values of WWCode, and I’m looking forward to working with her to continue pursuing our goal of creating a more vibrant, diverse, and ultimately successful tech industry.”
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 4,200 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 80,000, 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.