Girls in Tech Names Cisco’s Susie Wee to Board of Directors

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Dr. Susie Wee represents the non-profit organization’s focus on technical innovators

Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and education of women in technology, today announced the appointment of Dr. Susie Wee, VP and CTO of Cisco’s developer program, DevNet, to the organization’s Board of Directors. Susie is the 15th board member, completing Girls in Tech’s Board of Directors and adding an influential voice in the developer community. As the co-founder and lead of Cisco® DevNet, Susie has played an influential role in opening new doors for women in tech, specifically within innovation and the developer community.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Susie join our Board of Directors,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “With her strong background in technology and years of experience with Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Susie is an inspiration for all women in tech and exemplifies exactly who Girls in Tech stands for. She helped build Cisco’s developer community from the ground up, which has now grown to over 450,000 developers in just four years. We are excited for the amazing knowledge, experience and mentorship that Susie will bring to Girls in Tech and our growing community.”

Over the past ten years, Girls in Tech has provided programs to instruct and inspire women in STEM careers. The organization has held 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. With Susie’s appointment, the organization aims to continue reaching new heights with increased international expansion and new programs.

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. Susie will join the strategy committee to provide the board with her expertise in technology innovation, growing developer ecosystems, and executing corporate business initiatives. As the lead of a 450,000 developer strong network, Susie has valuable experience building a global network through outreach and education.

Current board members include Wendy Pfeiffer of Nutanix, Bev Crair of Intel, Darrell Mockus of CPP Innovation Labs, Denise Terry of Embrace Her Health, Donna Boyer of Airbnb, Fran Maier of Babierge, Jonathan Abrams of Nuzzel, Lawdan Shojaee of Axosoft, Lori McLeese of Automattic, Sandy Carter of Amazon Web Services and Adriana Gascoigne.

“It is an incredibly exciting time for women in tech and I’m thrilled to be joining this Board,” said Susie. “DevNet is focused on helping developers learn, code, inspire, and connect and be successful in their careers and businesses. I look forward to bringing my technical expertise and passion for innovation to Girls in Tech and their community of girls and professional women. Building community and creating growth opportunities for women in tech is a passion of mine, and I’m excited to accelerate change in our industry. I’m impressed with what Adriana and Girls in Tech has achieved to date, and look forward to their next chapter of growth.”

About 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. GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. GIT achieves this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships.

With headquarters in San Francisco and more than 100,000 members located around the globe, GIT relies on volunteer efforts to lead each of the 60 local chapters. Programming and events vary by chapter based on local interests and needs. GIT is not just for professional women. It exists for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But GIT operates with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined. For the latest updates, read GIT’s blog or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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