Growing the Tech Talent Pipeline

Adobe sponsors Girls Who Code Alumni Network, pledges career opportunities

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In an effort to boost female representation in the next generation of coders, Adobe furthered its commitment to national non-profit Girls Who Code with the sponsorship of its Alumni Network and support for the “Hire Me” campaign.

The network will give young women who have graduated from the Girls Who Code program mentoring support and clear pathways to careers in the computing field, while the Hire Me program will offer paid internship opportunities.

“Silicon Valley companies are clamoring for technical women,” said Donna Morris, senior vice president, People & Places at Adobe.  “But not enough women are pursuing these careers. Girls Who Code has found the magic in building 1:1 relationships for girls with strong mentors, and their results have been impressive. We’re excited to invest in mentoring and eventually hiring Girls Who Code graduates as part of our workforce.”

It’s no secret the tech industry is struggling with diversity. A recent study by the National Science Foundation tells us that 64 percent of the science and engineering workforce in the United States is made up of white or Asian males; 27 percent are white, Hispanic or black females; and 7 percent are black or Hispanic males.

The Girls Who Code program is working to close this gap through summer immersion programs and other tech courses that immerse high school girls into coding fundamentals. It’s on track to educate 10,000 girls in 40 states by the end of the year. For the past two years, Adobe and the Adobe Foundation have sponsored a series of Girls Who Code summer programs at sites in San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle as part of its Youth Coding Initiative.