It’s common knowledge that most Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are male-dominated. In an effort to promote gender diversity within the software engineering field, Alexa Glick created Codess in March 2013. Codess is a community established for female engineers, sponsored by Microsoft, to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the field of engineering.Glick created Codess after experiencing the alienation of being the only female student in her Computer Science classes. Her mission is to inspire women to pursue their professional goals in technology, having access to a qualified network. The initiative has now become global, servicing areas across Eastern & Western Europe, Asia and the US. Events and workshops are held in various locations and serve as a platform for women coders to share personal and professional experiences, network and learn from one another.
The W Hotel, located in Midtown, was the site of the ‘Codess Atlanta: Think Big’ event. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner, as well as an opportunity to network with other technical women in the area.A panel of senior women in technology took part in a Q&A session. The panel included: Lisa Reshaur, GM, Enterprise Business Continuity Management and Governance, Risk Compliance Microsoft; Nikki Santoro, VP, Product & Design, The Weather Channel; Li Chen, Principle Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft; and Sheryl Cherico, CEO Tier3MD.The Codess community is committed to breaking the gender stereotypes that exist in the STEM field. It aims to provide support to female coders through networking events, mentoring, and sharing advice and experiences. There is also hope that young girls will consider technology-related careers in the future.
AEP We would like to thank Amber Bush, Microsoft, for allowing us to capture this dynamic event.