Behind the Scenes at Tech Companies: Employees Teach Each Other How to Code

Successful, thriving company culture becomes evident in its employees. Specifically, employees will be empowered to find ways to give back and empower others — and there’s no better place to start than with your co-workers.

By Angie Chang (Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy)

Online petition website Change.org is committed to empowering people everywhere to create change.

“This requires bringing a diverse set of skills and perspectives to age-old problems,” said Warren Colbert, a director of product management at Change. He also mentors at CODE2040, where top minority engineering students nab lucrative internships and mentorship at Silicon Valley tech companies.

It’s no secret that technology startups lack women in engineering (industry average is 10-15 percent), but change happens from within when a company’s leaders prioritize hiring from a diverse pool of candidates.

The tech company’s efforts to change the gender ratio in the engineering department included partnering with women’s engineering school Hackbright Academy earlier this year.

By providing mentorship and support from senior engineering leaders, Change.org successfully recruited and onboarded Jasmine Tsai after she graduated from Hackbright Academy, an accelerated women’s engineering school in San Francisco.

Giving Back And Making Change

“Even though I am a junior engineer, there is still stuff I can teach,” says Jasmine.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post – filed under “Girls in STEM”.