Why aren’t there more women in tech? And what can we do to get and keep them there?
These are the all-important questions posed by three senior web coders, Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack, Liz Dahlstrom and Lorraine Sawicki, who posted their Kickstarter campaign to fund a seminar that will help women navigate the ins and outs of securing good jobs in tech. Their pitched series will include “how to nail interviews, explain holes in resumes,” and especially how to rise through the ranks of their cell-phones-clipped-to-the-belt male brethren.
“We have learned the hard way how to project ourselves as skilled, competent, easy to work with, and an asset to even an all-male team of programmers. We’ve succeeded in getting jobs and even more offers at places like Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, and many startups, government agencies, and mid-sized companies. We have identified and can teach the skills that have helped us land these projects,” the ladies wrote on their Kickstarter homepage.
While the LadyCoders exceeded their initial funding goal of $23,000, they are still taking donations over at their own site, ladycoders.com. The total funds will support the seminar’s entire production — hiring a film crew, editors and more — and will feature the three aforementioned principals teaching up to 40 women everything they’ve learned while negotiating and navigating employment in the tech world.
The LadyCoders will make the seminar available for $499 per badge registration. They are also putting 20 video shorts from the series for free on their site, and making the seminar available for download and on DVD as well.
Here’s their Kickstarter pitch video: