San Francisco – January 25, 2018 – Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on eradicating gender disparity in technology, today announced the appointment of Wendy M. Pfeiffer, CIO of Nutanix, to the organization’s Board of Directors. This announcement expands on the partnership Nutanix and Girls in Tech have built through “.heart,” the Nutanix corporate social responsibility initiative. As part of this partnership, Nutanix employees and executives have supported Girls in Tech through participating and speaking at events, supporting global online classrooms and hackathons, and mentoring Girls in Tech members.
Since its founding in 2007, Girls in Tech has worked towards providing programs to help foster success for women in STEM including boot camps, hackathons, entrepreneur pitch nights, mentorship, classrooms and more. Through these programs, Girls in Tech has impacted over 100,000 girls in over 60 local chapters across the globe. By collaborating with corporate initiatives like Nutanix .heart in the past year, Girls in Tech has been able to quadruple its global classrooms and increase the number of its hackathons and AMPLIFY pitch events. With Wendy’s board appointment, the organization is hoping to build on the momentum it has gained through its partnerships and leverage Wendy’s leadership expertise to bring the organization to its next level of growth.
“Because of Wendy’s longtime commitment to our mission, coupled with our Nutanix partnership, we are thrilled to welcome her to our Board of Directors,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “Nutanix has established a gold standard in partnerships for our organization and we’re pleased to have worked so closely with its executive team. Wendy will provide our board, and Girls in Tech members, with invaluable insight into how to succeed as a woman in the product and tech world, as well as help us transition and exponentially grow our organization.”
This appointment comes on the heels of Girls in Tech’s coordination of a long term strategy for its expansion and development. The organization has set a goal of doubling its members and increasing chapters by 100 by the end of 2018 to hit more than 200,000 members and 160 chapters. These new locations don’t only include urban tech hubs: the organization is also expanding its reach to rural communities in areas such as Cuba, Pakistan and rural Africa. As part of this expansion, Girls in Tech has also created a uniform system to help expand and onboard new chapters. To keep track of this growth, Girls in Tech has also developed a more robust data analytics system to track its current and potential impact.
The Girls in Tech Board of Directors consists of members with diverse expertise from functions including engineering, product, design, marketing, science and venture capital, and they help Girls in Tech with governance, fundraising, strategy and branding. Wendy will be joining the strategy committee to provide the board with her expertise in executing corporate IT initiatives. Through her work with product, IT and leadership, Wendy has experience bringing ideas to life and will help Girls in Tech productize its vision to enable women in STEM. Through the guidance of the strategy committee, the rest of the board can align efforts to bring Girls in Tech’s roadmap to life to deliver its mission to 200,000 members across multiple countries worldwide.
Current board members include Jonathan Abrams, Darrell Mockus, Donna Boyer, Fran Maier, Kim DeCarlis, Lawdan Shoajee, Mayumi Hiramatsu, Mona Sadoun, Monique Morrow, Sandy Carter, Susie Wee, Alyson Welch and Adriana Gascoigne.
“Since cementing a partnership this past year, Nutanix and Girls in Tech have joined forces up to the board level to align our priorities and build opportunities for women in STEM at our home in Silicon Valley and around the world,” said Wendy. “As a longtime member of Girls in Tech I am committed to the organization’s success and look forward to partnering with Adriana, Sandy and the rest of the board to bring Girls in Tech to its next phase of development.”