Bridging the Gender Gap Highlights Chamber’s 148th Annual Dinner

Reshma Saujani speaks at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s 148th Annual Dinner

What started off as an experiment has grown into a national movement.

When Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, realized that there was a gender disparity in the technology field, she knew she wanted to do something about it. What she did was create Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that works to close the gender gap in technology and prepare our youth for jobs of the future.

Saujani discussed the evolution of Girls Who Code at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s 148th Annual Dinner, held on Thursday, June 2, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton.

“There are so many issues young girls see every day and they want to solve them through technology,” Saujani told the crowd of more than 200 people. “It is so critical that we give them access to this technology.”

In attendance were several members of Scranton Girls Who Code who, as Peter Danchak,  the regional president of PNC Bank, which has sponsored the Annual Dinner for the past 12 years said, look to Saujani as an example of what is possible for them in the technology world.

“These young women from are area are in grades eight through 12 and are interested in careers in computer science, science and business,” he said. “They look to Reshma as a role model for what they can achieve in the future.”

Saujani’s presentation was just one more highlight of the Chamber’s ever-strengthening mission where it is increasing its focus on educating young people about high-demand careers, such as information technology and medicine.

“To compete as a region in the global information and technology markets we need to build in our youth the core mathematic and critical thinking skills that are inherent in the Girls Who Code program,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “Ms. Saujani should be applauded for her role in establishing this program and providing young women a pathway for personal and professional success.”

Through the Chamber’s workforce development initiatives, it is posed to be at the forefront of our region’s continuing evolution. By providing information about our region to companies wishing to locate their businesses here, the Chamber’s goal is to showcase all that Lackawanna County has to offer.

“For nearly 150 years, the Chamber has been the leading business organization in northeast Pennsylvania,” said Mark Volk, president of the Chamber’s board of directors. “Whether it be a start-up or established business, with a staff of one or a hundred, the Chamber knows that when it serves it members, it serves the community.”

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