NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHO: Black Girls CODE, the innovative non-profit organization dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and technology.
WHAT: On Thursday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Black Girls CODE will cut the ribbon on its redesigned New York tech exploration lab. Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE’s CEO, will lead the event and also announce the organization’s new Board of Directors. This new facility is co-located with its existing headquarters within Google’s New York offices. Along with Kimberly, three of the new directors include:
  • Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit, the leading marketplace connecting skilled Taskers with clients.  She led a successful acquisition of TaskRabbit by the IKEA Group in 2017. 
  • Heather Hiles, Founder, Chair and CEO of Imminent Equity, a growth equity fund in the enterprise software space, and Co-founder and CEO of
  • Jessie Wooley-Wilson, CEO and President, DreamBox Learning, which pioneered the concept of Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ and serves nearly 3 million K-8 students and 120,000 teachers. Jessie recently secured a $130 million investment in DreamBox from The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth. 
WHY: The digital divide is steadily eroding, but there is still much more work to be done. The vision of Black Girls CODE is to teach 1 million girls of color to code by the year 2040. We want to become the “girl scouts of technology.”
WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Black Girls CODE New York Tech Exploration Lab
 76 9th Avenue, Suite 315 (between 15th and 16th Streets)
 New York, NY 10011
 (Enter next to the Starbucks)

About Black Girls CODE

Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has been committed to providing girls from underrepresented community’s access to technology and 21st century skills necessary to become tech leaders. Having reached more than 8,000 young women in 14 chapters around the world, Black Girls CODE’s organizational vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

Black Girls CODE Contacts:                                                  

Claire Nelson and Claire Burke                                       
Phone: 415.397.7600