Accenture is partnering with Girls Who Code (GWC) to help the organization inspire, educate and equip young women with computing and professional skills that enable them to pursue technology careers. Our investment in GWC reflects our belief that attracting, retaining and advancing women is critical to being a high-performance business-- and supports our broad commitment to an inclusive and diverse workplace. In fact, we have surpassed our goal to reach 40 percent women new hires worldwide by 2017.
We are helping GWC expand across the United States by hosting Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs in new locations and we’re supporting GWC graduates’ transition to higher education and their first jobs. “Accenture and GWC share a commitment to inspiring young women to pursue careers in computer science, and we’re excited to help these women capitalize on a broad spectrum of opportunities,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture Chief Technology & Innovation Officer.
More than 500 students and teachers received inspiration from Paul--as well as Ellyn Shook, Accenture Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture Labs leaders and Reshma Saujani, GWC CEO and Founder--and heard exactly how women in technology are impacting the industry and making the world a better place. As you can see from the video, they also demonstrated emerging technologies like augmented reality and 3D Mapping.
In addition to interacting with the latest technology, GWC Summer Immersion Program students also worked on some amazing projects. You can visit the GWC Project Gallery to see all the apps, services and websites that were created, ranging from a website to help encourage people to be more interested in astronomy to a game highlighting the gender wage gap.
Join us in congratulating the Chicago, New York City and Atlanta graduates of this year’s Summer Immersion Program. We can’t wait to see what they create next. Interested in learning more? Check out our work with GWC, and see how we’re building the future.