Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.
[ Our Vision ]
Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications. By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help women improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.
[ Our Values ]
We are committed to making sure women of all races, education levels, income and upbringing can build confidence in their skill set to develop web and mobile applications. Our goal is to provide powerful hands-on programs to women seeking professional help in software development and create basic to advanced web and mobile applications.
“Girl, Develop It!” began as a call to action for women, by women who were tired of the low representation of women in tech, and wanted to make a difference.
GDI was founded 2010 in NYC
It started with just 1 class
...which sold out in 24 hours
The organization was founded in New York City in 2010 by Vanessa Hurst and Sara Chipps. Today, Girl Develop It chapters are building strong, empowered communities in 53 cities, representing 55,000+ members nationwide who are changing their lives through learning to code with us.
Girl Develop It Chapter Leaders at 2015 Annual Leadership Summit
Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director
Corinne is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. Prior to becoming the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, she co-led the organization’s Philadelphia chapter to become one of the organization's largest and most active.
She has previously held positions with the Technical.ly news network, producing large-scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, and at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR and PBS affiliate, in community relations.
Corinne has spoken at the White House, Dreamforce, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, Code Conf, OSCON and more.
A native Californian, Corinne moved to Philadelphia after graduating from University of California — Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media.
Vanessa Hurst, Co-founder, Advisor
Vanessa believes every person should be empowered to use technology to make the world a better place. She started Girl Develop It to provide judgment-free learning opportunities with a focus on results, and to support women teaching and learning from one another. She’s a lifetime Girl Scout, a teacher, and a passionate supporter of open source software.
Vanessa is currently building CodeMontage to help people improve their software skills while improving the world. She also founded and organizes Developers for Good to connect technologists who want to use their skills to make an impact with organizations that need help. Previously, Vanessa led the database and analytics efforts at Paperless Post.
LaVonna Ricketts, Program Director
LaVonna is committed to organizations that cultivate spreading knowledge, continuous learning, and social impact. She fights to create equal career and educational opportunities for women.
LaVonna comes from a background in education. She holds a master’s degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked with an array of education, community, and girls' empowerment organizations, including the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology, Girls Prep/Public Prep, and the Girl Scouts. Most recently, LaVonna was the Director of Operations with KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy.
LaVonna believes her professional and personal work should always be grounded in developing programs, policies, and systems that benefit the individuals that they directly impact, as well as improve the lives and well-being of the connecting communities.
Bindu Jallabah, Operations Director
Bindu is fervently passionate about developing ecosystems that empower disadvantaged communities in making informed, self-determined decisions. She has dedicated most of her career to advocating and developing pragmatic solutions that promote social equity.
Bindu is a seasoned administrator with nearly two decades of progressive experience in nonprofit leadership and operations management. Prior to joining GDI, Bindu won awards for her work developing and executing the operational strategy for the Elwyn Baring Street Center.
Bindu is also founder and Board Chair of Karanso Africa, a civil society organization that has innovated literacy to promote self-efficacy and self-determination for women across Sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging a strong background in Information Technology, Bindu is also the architect of Karanso’s Docteur Mobile initiative which is a tool for self-care and advocacy to improve access to maternal and reproductive health services for vulnerable women in remote villages in West Africa.
Alanna Gombert, VP of Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Tech Lab
Marc Hedlund, VP Engineering, Stripe
Cara Jo Miller, Senior Designer, DataStax, Boulder Chapter Leader
Erynn Petersen, SVP Strategic Mobile Development, TIME Inc.
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