NEW YORK; Nov. 6, 2014 – Accenture is partnering with Girls Who Code to help the organization inspire, educate and equip young women with computing and professional skills that enable them to pursue technology careers.
Accenture is contributing $500,000 to Girls Who Code, which includes a one-year $250,000 cash grant to the organization and an additional $250,000 in pro bono services and in-kind support. Accenture volunteers are also committing time and skills to the organization’s programs. This effort is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative Skills to Succeed, which will equip more than 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.
“Women represent half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields, which means we have a tremendous opportunity to benefit from the untapped skills and experience of talented women in IT,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture. “Accenture and Girls Who Code share a commitment to inspiring young women to pursue careers in computer science, and we’re excited to help these women capitalize on a broad spectrum of opportunities.”
Accenture will help the organization expand across the United States by hosting Summer Immersion Programs and supporting Girls Who Code clubs in new locations. These programs offer a wide variety of computer science skills training and exposure to real-world business and mentorship opportunities. Accenture also will help the organization establish and foster a new online community for Girls Who Code alumni, to connect program graduates as they transition into higher education and employment.
“Our Girls Who Code graduates are pursuing computer science degrees at top universities, securing paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field, and even launching programs to teach girls around the world how to code,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code. “Our partnership with Accenture will help us close the gender gap in technology and help young women navigate their future.”
Accenture’s investment illustrates its commitment to women. The company supports a range of women’s programs and initiatives, including mentoring, networking, training and development courses to help attract, retain and advance women. Women represent 36 percent of Accenture’s workforce, and four in 10 of Accenture’s new hires are women.
“Every day we provide the more than 100,000 women working at Accenture with the tools and resources they need to develop their careers and be successful,” said Ellyn Shook, chief human resources officer, Accenture. “By bringing these capabilities to Girls Who Code, we hope to inspire and guide more young women to become technology leaders.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 305,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture is committed to equipping 700,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.
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