I am Corinne W., Executive Director of Girl Develop It, and I've Helped 60,000 Women Learn to Code, AMA
Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable and judgment-free opportunities for adult women interested in learning web and software development. Beginning with only 1 Meetup in 2010, Girl Develop It is now in 52+ cities across the US, supporting more than 60,000 students!
My journey with GDI began when I was a student in the Philadelphia chapter. I took the very first class they offered: Intro to HTML & CSS. Soon after, I started helping organize classes and eventually co-led Philadelphia’s chapter into one of the organization’s largest and most active. And now, I’m Executive Director! Previously I worked with the Technical.ly news network producing large-scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week and promoted diversity initiatives.
Today (aka: #GDIday), I’m doing this AMA, with support from Co-Founder, Vanessa Hurst to celebrate 5 impactful years and to encourage donations so GDI can continue to expand to new communities and help women of all backgrounds achieve their coding dreams! AMA :)
Edit (1:30pm EST) : Thanks for all your questions and discussion today! Signing off now. Best, Corinne and Vanessa Edit #2 (2pm EST 1/13): Wow, didn’t anticipate the enormous amount of questions that came through after we signed off (at 1:30pm EST on 1/12). We’ve collected some of your questions, and we’ll continue to take your questions and answer them indefinitely here: http://girldevelopit.tumblr.com/tagged/askGDI