ACT-SO – The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ADA Developers Academy – is designed to increase the number of underrepresented skilled software developers while redefining and reinventing the way we prepare individuals to be successful in information technology careers. With an intensive, inclusive, and positive learning community, we aim to directly address both the information technology labor shortage in Washington and the lack of diverse experience, thought, and background in the software industry.
Black Women Talk Tech – Black Women Talk Tech helps black women founders create the next billion dollar tech companies by providing knowledge, promotional opportunities, research and funding. We do this through our annual conference, various localized events, a membership platform, programs and original content.
Catalyze Seattle – Our study, the first of its kind, revealed fascinating insights into what contributes to gender inequities in Seattle startups. As an all-volunteer project, we are thrilled to share this data with the public. The startup industry is full of talented, innovative people. We invite you to use this information to create groundbreaking new companies that are inclusive from inception. Let’s do this right.
Code 2040 – is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latino/as. Code2040 aims to close the achievement, skills, and wealth gaps in the United States. Our goal is to ensure that by the year 2040 – the start of the decade when the US will be majority people of color – we are proportionally represented in America’s innovation economy as technologists, investors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Companion Coding – A non-profit program based in Seattle. Companion Coding introduces low-income minority youth to careers in tech by training them to build websites for real small businesses* in their own communities. During 4-8 week “bootcamps,” young people gain valuable hands-on experience, build a portfolio, and learn about opportunities in the tech industry, as well as building critical technical, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills with mentorship from staff and tech professionals working in the field.
Diverse City – Seattle’s premiere DEI training organization. Diverse City is a Minority Women’s Business Enterprise Certified diversity and equity consulting firm specializing in diversity and equity assessments, training, coaching, and consulting. Diverse City offers its clients a solutions oriented approach to helping companies assess, and solve issues of growth and development in the areas of diversity and equity. Diverse City provides more balanced high quality service delivery than its competitors. We strive to create long term sustainable diversity and equity practices within companies.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seattle – We’re establishing and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion practices within Seattle area organizations, through community and collaboration. We aim to foster greater diversity, equity and inclusion practices among local non-profit, private and public sector professionals and community members located in the greater Seattle area through shared best practices and strong collaboration.
Entelo Diversity – allows companies of all sizes to reap the benefits of building strong, diverse teams.The proprietary algorithm lets you find candidates from underrepresented groups based on gender, ethnicity, and veteran status — right within our recruiting platform. Since this information is layered on top of a candidate’s skills and qualifications, the solution provides a level of objectivity as it relates to your hiring practices. It also helps organizations demonstrate good faith efforts and comply with regulations.
Find My Flock – a tech job board that is enthusiastically open to all. What isn’t obvious is that they did 100% of their product research, design, and UX testing with developers who happen to be women and/or people of color. This led to some very specific features:
- You can filter jobs by benefits like maternity leave, trans-inclusive healthcare, or visa sponsorship.
- You get a personal interviewing coach.
- If a company wants a premium posting, Find My Flock has an off-the-record phone call with two developers in the company to make sure they’re happy.
If developers most likely to experience unconscious bias feel this process is effective, supportive, and fair, then they believe everyone else will also have an outstanding experience as well. “This is not about handouts,” Kate says. “No one I know wants a job they haven’t worked for. It’s about a level playing field.”
Gap Jumpers – Great talent is everywhere, but in an instant culture, we tend to only judge by a cover (letter). GapJumpers changes that. Our tools interrupt hiring bias to impact diversity, talent and business goals. Our first product blocks implicit hiring bias through blind auditions. We’ve scaled the proven blind auditions method from the orchestra stage to the business world. When employers value job applicants for their work performance rather than static background info on résumés, incredible things happen. Committed and highly qualified talent is found in unexpected places. Diversity is no longer a myth, but becomes a reality at the workplace.
Greater – Through the power of sports and technology, Greater is aimed at redefining education so that all students from all backgrounds are equipped for 21st century opportunities. Our approach focuses on leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology in underserved areas to transform today’s workforce into one of equality, inclusivity, and innovation.
HERE Seattle – fostering a community that supports a diverse and inclusive culture in technology. We formed in 2014 as a group of guys who wanted to create a forum for underrepresented minorities in the tech industry. But we soon learned that this wasn’t something that only we wanted, but it’s something that many people wanted. People expressed their desire to see a place where tech and creative professionals were celebrated for their differences.
We seek to grow, empower and inspire the community through social events, mentoring and crafting engaging programming around business and culture. We are experiencing lots of growth and it’s been a major motivator for us to continue to grow a community that exemplifies diversity and is driven by its members.
Hispanic Professional Engineers – UW Chapter – our goal is simple: facilitate the path to a science or engineering career for Hispanic and other underrepresented students through a network of support, encouragement, and development.
Include Seattle – Growing more inclusive communities and companies in Seattle.
iUrban Teen – a nationally recognized program focused on bringing career focused education to underrepresented teens ages 13 to 18. Youth receive hands-on exposure to a variety of careers and civic engagement that step them outside of their current boundaries. Our target demographics are African American, Latino and Native American males, however, the program is inclusive of all youth. We have almost equal parity of girls that participate in our programs and also youth with special needs. iUrban Teen programs are now in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas and launching in New York in the Fall of June 2016.
Kal Academy – Our mission is to make it easier for women to build a career in the tech industry and increase diversity which is critical for innovation. We do that by providing women with affordable, accessible, and relevant training and certification, that offers lucrative career growth opportunities. Become a Software Developer in 5 months.
LaunchCode.org -offering a free alternative pathway to full-time tech employment. If you are an aspiring developer, LaunchCode can help you get to where you want to be. Watch the video of President Obama telling the story of one of their students successes.
Lesbians Who Tech – connecting lesbians and building a network of colleagues, associates and friends in the industry. There are so many groups who are fighting for our rights, and they need our support. Lesbians Who Tech provides a platform to raise awareness of their work and connect these organizations to queer women in the tech community. Women are some of the most gifted folks in technology, yet there are far fewer of us than there should be (women account for 1 in 15 people in STEM fields). Because there aren’t enough women, women are rarely quoted as experts by the mainstream media and blogs, on panels, etc. And add the element of being lesbian, it’s equally important for us to represent women, and out women, for our communities.
Mesa – MESA stands Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement and has been committed to building a pathway to college and careers in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) since 1982. We develop programming and initiatives to improve diversity and retention with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women.
National Society of Black Engineers – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is owned and managed by its members. With more than 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community”. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more.
Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council – a nonprofit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies. We are an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) providing certification, membership and subscription services to the Pacific Northwest Mountain region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Seattle BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) – For 40 years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 40+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975.
Seattle Urban Academy – is a positive, educational community where students at risk develop academic, social, and spiritual maturity to graduate from high school and transition to higher education and sustained employment.
Tech Workers Coalition – Guided by our vision for an inclusive & equitable tech industry, TWC organizes to build worker power through rank & file self-organization and education.
Technology Access Foundation – Every student deserves access to a high-quality public education, regardless of race, neighborhood or income. That’s why TAF (Technology Access Foundation) has worked to improve access to STEM and technology fields for students of color and underrepresented communities for the past twenty years.
The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion – The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI) is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success.
Venture Inclusion Network – Sexual harassment a serious, systemic, societal issue. The power dynamics in the male-dominated venture industry are particularly problematic. This issue is not new, but is (finally) receiving significant attention thanks to several brave women who put their reputations and careers on the line to publicly shed light on this reality. Many in the industry are launching initiatives to create positive change.
Women of Color Speak Out – We are a collective of Seattle activists working to educate and inform our communities on the climate crisis. Our presentations connect global warming to the systems of oppression. We are focused on shifting the narrative of the climate movement to one that is beyond the superficial causes (fossil fuels) to the deeper injustices of the world by decolonizing our minds and our audiences’. We speak from our personal truths and share unique perspectives on demanding climate justice and collectively creating a new, just future for us all.
YearUp – envisions a future in which every urban young adult will have access to the education, experiences, and guidance required to realize his or her true potential. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.