Ada Developers Academy – A year-long intensive school in software development for women with no previous professional experience in computer programming.
Anita Borg Institute – Women in technology are at the heart of ABI’s mission. We are on a quest to accelerate the pace of global innovation by working to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it.
App Camp for Girls – App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls* can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry. *App Camp For Girls welcome individuals who self-identify as female, trans (regardless of identity), or gender non-conforming to its programs.
ARA Mentors – Aspiring to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.
Association for Women in Computing – The Association for Women in Computing (AWC) is a national, nonprofit, professional organization for women and men with an interest in information technology. We promote awareness on issues affecting women in the computing industry, further the professional development and advancement of women in computing, and encourage women to enter computing as a career.
AWC – The Association for Women in Communications Seattle Professional Chapter provides networking, professional development, job opportunities and a supportive community of professionals. We include a wide range of communications fields, including print and broadcast journalism, television and radio production, film, advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic design and photography. We also include members who use communications of any form as a function of their work, regardless of profession.
Business Ownership Guide for Female Entrepreneurs – Starting a business can still be demanding, and women face a unique set of challenges when doing so that their male counterparts do not. The path to business ownership can be intimidating, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals. By learning about other female entrepreneurs, the ways they overcame obstacles, and what you need to do to start your own business, you’ll be well-armed with the knowledge necessary to begin a successful career as a female entrepreneur.
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.
Changing the Curve: Women in Computing. – This resource explores the history and influence of women in computer science, looking at some of the field’s key figures and then reviewing some statistics on how women’s representation in technical fields has evolved over the last several decades.
Chick Tech – envisions a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.
Closing the gap: How to overcome obstacles as a female entrepreneur – (article) Although the number of women-owned businesses has increased, women still face several challenges in starting their own business. To help with that process, programs and organizations offer training in entrepreneurship and networking skills, mentorship, certifications and increased access to capital. Female entrepreneurship helps to build a stronger and healthier economy overall, as well as increased job creation and revenues in local communities.
F Bomb Breakfast Club – Flipping the paradigm for female founders. You are not alone, because you’ve got us. We’re a fucking fabulous community of female founders who cuss, cavort, and collaborate. We help each other every step of the way on this wild entrepreneurial journey. Whether you’re still noodling your idea, planning a pivot, or wondering what to do with that boatload of cash from your last exit, we’ve got a place for you.
Female Founders Alliance – A curated, private online group of female startup founders and CEOs. Our mission is to meaningfully improve the percentage of venture capital invested in, and subsequent success rate of, female-founded startups, starting in our backyard. Our approach is simple: we help each other succeed, and we do it at scale. We do this by Connecting, Amplifying, and Referring every founder that joins our community. We welcome and encourage every female startup founder to join us! It’s free, but all the help you get, you’ll have to pay it forward.
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.”
For Fathers of Daughters – An article by Jules Pieri breaking down the ways for fathers to empower their daughters.
FoxBot Industries – Our mission is to empower and educate women and girls to explore, discover, and create positive change in their own lives and in their communities. To achieve this goal, we provide open-source project and tool tutorials, in-person workshops, and custom project-based curriculum in Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics (“STEAM”) fields.
Geek Girls Carrots – A global organization focused on connecting, learning and inspiring women in Tech and IT.
Girls in Tech – Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.
Girls in STEM – A resource providing education and links to learn more about women and girls in STEM.
Girls Who Code – has gone from 20 girls in New York to 10,000 girls in 42 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. That’s progress! I’m proud to say we’re not just aiming to close the gender gap in tech — we’re actually doing it. When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. Like us, you believed in girls’ unlimited potential. Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech.
Guide to Tinkering – Tinkering is a hands-on form of open-ended exploration to learn about how things work, how to improve them, and how to build new things. This guide offers resources and directions to help you learn how to do projects involving simple electronics, simple machines, engineering and coding.
History of Women and Computers – Women have played a vital role in the development of the computer. Today we must continue to encourage girls and women to become involved in the computer industry. The work they do today, may be important in the future of computer, like the pioneers of computers like Lovelace, Hopper and others.
Ignite Worldwide – Inspires girls to become the future technology leaders and innovators of our world. Operating as an award-winning State and National Best Practice program, IGNITE introduces girls from grades 6-12 to technology careers via panel discussions, job shadowing, technology workshops, mentoring, and field trips throughout the school year to visit the work places of professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. IGNITE partners with a wide range of companies and organizations throughout the Greater Seattle area including Microsoft, Starbucks, Moz, TUNE, Facebook, Amazon, REI, and many more. IGNITE’s programs are offered directly through the public schools which removes many of the barriers that typically prevent girls from experiencing these opportunities, allowing access for all students. Since its founding in 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 30,000 young women to pursue education and careers in STEM.
Innovation Women – Our mission is to provide equal visibility opportunities for women, supporting career development, business success, thought leadership and diversity.
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.
Ladies in Seattle Tech – In recognition of International Women’s Day, Almie Borromeo wanted an event that would bring all women together. Unlike other similar gatherings, this event is for women of any role at a tech company. From marketers to project managers to engineers and everything in between, all are welcome!
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.
Lean In Circles – small groups who meet regularly to learn and grow together. Circles are as unique as the individuals who start them, but they all share a common bond: the power of peer support. Women are asking for more and stepping outside their comfort zones, and women and men are talking openly about gender issues for the first time.
Lean in Seattle – The Seattle Chapter is one of the largest, most active chapters the world and was designated by LeanIn.org as one of their 30 Regional Leaders worldwide. We’re a diverse group with 2,000+ members who have made a commitment to build a community on a set of powerful core values. Our community empowers women to lead at every level. We are multigenerational, multicultural and dedicated to helping women succeed.
Meetup.com – If you live in a metropolitan area, there are likely many women-led business support groups right in your community. And if there aren’t any in your area, why not start one? MeetUp.com is a great way to find the right groups for you. Yes, you’ll want to head to a business-focused group, but also look for groups devoted to your industry. Similarly, search for national women-focused support groups for your industry, as there is a high probability there are resources available to you.
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 Association of Women MBA’s, Seattle Chapter – NAWMBA Seattle is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the gender diversity of the nation‘s workforce.
Reboot – For women who have been out of the paid workforce for more than 2 years. Whether you have been out two years or twenty, most women participating in ReBoot are interested in returning to or creating some type of paid work, full or part time, in profit or non-profit sectors. Others have recently taken jobs and are polishing their workplace skills, and some are in discernment and preparing to step out in a new direction. All are welcome and add to the vitality of the ReBoot experience. We’re in both Seattle and Bellevue.
Seattle PyLadies – PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Our mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings.
Seattle Women in Tech – Hosting quarterly events to educate, empower, and connect women working in or aspiring to work in technology. All event proceeds are donated to partner organizations working to increase diversity in the technology industry.
She’s Coding – She’s Coding provides education, resources, and actionable guidelines for anyone who wants to help bridge the gender gap in the field of computer science. Whether you’re a woman currently working in tech, a girl interested in learning to code, a male ally for women in computer science, or a company trying to find ways to increase diversity, you’ve come to the right place! We are continuously working on enhancing and improving our content – check back regularly and see what’s new! Check out the Seattle Meetup page.
Small Business Grants for Women – If you’re an entrepreneur, raising capital is a big part of your job. Small business grants are an excellent resource for women business owners, since these awards are essentially free money that you don’t have pay back, unlike other financing options like small business loans and credit cards. Some grant options are even targeted for women business owners specifically, which makes them man excellent source of capital for female entrepreneurs.
Techbridge Girls – Techbridge inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering. Through hands-on learning, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders.
TechGirlz – Our vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, leaders and students. We share our free workshop curriculum with companies, organizations, schools and community groups so they can inspire girls around the world with technology.
Tips for Getting Girls Involved with STEM – Science and engineering play a huge role in how we learn about the world and develop ways to advance our well being. While the United States is known for its higher education compared to other leading nations, we lack in educating engineers and scientists. One of the big reasons that the United States has fallen behind in science and engineering is that not enough is being done to encourage females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is important that we find ways to encourage females to explore careers in STEM. Visit this site to see many resources for helping girls get involved with STEM.
Tune House – We believe women should be equally represented in tech. We are providing a house where students can focus on their careers, engage with like minded peers, and build relationships with mentors and professionals in their field.
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 2.0 – Describes itself as a “community-driven media brand” with a focus on women in technology. The content featured on the site, which also is available through a newsletter signup, explores every aspect of being a woman in technology. Their blog network offers a platform for female entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and innovators to gather and exchange stories and tips. The site hosts conferences, pitch startup competitions, city meet-ups, and online investor hangouts.
Women in Bio – We are an organization of professional women from all career walks in the field of life sciences. We are all volunteers and we all share the goal of enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership, and — more importantly — to fulfill their own career aspirations.
Women in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain – Whether you are a woman—at any stage in your career—trying to break into cryptocurrency, or perhaps you are writing a grant to obtain support for women in crypto-related pursuits, this directory contains a comprehensive set of resources.
Women in Tech Regatta – The Regatta connects and celebrates the area’s women in tech through a week long program of educational events, speakers and experiences. WiT is designed to give access to mentors, peers, resources and to the power of community. WiT Regatta is an inclusive event. Regardless of area(s) of expertise, all genders, and career levels are welcome and encourage to participate.
Women in Technology International – Providing women in tech with access to support from other professionals in the industry. There are educational resources and opportunities abound, and an annual conference. This is a worldwide network with support and access for women around the globe.
Women in VC – The world’s largest global directory for women in venture capital to find each other, connect, and collaborate.
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.
Women Who Code Seattle – Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.
Women Who Launch – Programs available across North America. The goal is to empower women to engage with entrepreneurship, as founders, funders, or team members.
Women Who Venture – “This book about dozens of successful women-investors is terrific! It is much needed today, to show current and aspiring investors what is possible. Renata’s book will tell the stories of venture capitalists from all different backgrounds, who had very different sets of experiences and approaches, stories about how they shaped their career and achieved their success. Page after page, this book will give confidence to other women who want to work in venture capital. And by the time they finish reading the book, I hope they will feel: ‘If they can do it, I can do it too!’” – Janet Bannister, Real Ventures, Canada
YWCA – YWCA Olympia is on a mission to eliminate racism and sexism to advance the political, social and economic status of all women and girls. Our vision is a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression and thrive in a just society. We are a multi-service organization that has served girls, women and families since 1945.