In line with its commitments to reflect the diversity of its audiences and to support the next generation of creatives and technologists, 21st Century Fox has made a multi-year commitment to back the groundbreaking organization, Girls Who Code (GWC), with financial and in-kind resources.
This support will go toward two significant initiatives: GWC’s new College Loops program, which will drive retention and community among female computer science majors by connecting and engaging Girls Who Code alumni at colleges and universities, and the development of the organization’s international presence. Both efforts will help the organization move closer to its goal of closing the gender gap in technology.
“We’re passionate about encouraging our girls to consider a career in technology and supporting those who’ve made that choice,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “The generous contribution from 21st Century Fox will help us empower the next generation of female computer science majors to solve problems and drive innovation across industries, including the creative and entertainment space, and communities.”
Paul Cheesbrough, Chief Technology Officer of 21st Century Fox and a longtime supporter of Girls Who Code, recently hosted a Tech Talk with Saujani. Organized by 21CF’s Women in Technology Colleague Network & Resource Group (CNRG), their conversation covered topics including Reshma’s background and the path that led her to found GWC, how the organization is helping companies expand their talent base, the important role film and television can play in closing this gender gap, and how 21CF’s partnership will drive greater impact in 2018. More highlights from this conversation below:
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“I’ve long admired the mission and achievements of Girls Who Code and am thrilled that our support will help them deliver their vision,” said Cheesbrough. “Programs such as College Loops, which build confidence and camaraderie amongst tomorrow’s female technology talent, are key to ensuring that girls have the support they need to succeed in computer science. This relationship will be great for our technologists and essential for our business as we work to empower and recruit more women engineers and technologists across all of our brands.”