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iTalent Digital - Community Involvement Program of the Year

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Company: iTalent Digital, San Jose, CA
Company Description: iTalent Digital is an innovative global woman- and minority-owned digital consulting and software engineering company headquartered in San Jose, CA. It helps companies achieve exceptional business outcomes through digital transformation services such as enterprise collaboration, automated mobile solutions, business insights and analytics, cloud integration, and change management.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Community Involvement Program of the Year

Nomination Title: GLAM created to shatter the gender gap in tech

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

According to World Economic Forum’s global Industry Gender Gap Report, women make up only 5% of CEOs, 11% of senior managers, and 24% of the overall workforce in the Information and Communications Technology industry.

The gender gap has its roots much earlier in life, long before girls enter the workforce. A recent U.S. Department of Commerce study found that women are less likely to pursue university degrees in STEM fields – comprising only about a third of graduates. To get more girls in tech, we have to reach them in their formative years.

In 2018, iTalent Digital, a woman-owned company with a 54% female global workforce, created a 501(c)3 organization called GLAM Tech Education Group to address the gender gap in tech at its roots. GLAM (Girls Leadership Academy Meetup) was incubated as a beta program within iTalent Digital for two years before launching as an independent non-profit this year. On July 21-22, 2018, 50 girls aged 8-12 participated in the two-day program, where the girls not only learned coding skills, but they worked in teams to develop business plans (with personal coaching from a world-class pitch coach) to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. This panel included senior execs from M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund), Symantec, eBay, the Boardlist and 1D4A Technologies.

Understanding how life-changing an event like this can be, GLAM is offered free of charge so that girls from any socio-economic background can attend. GLAM partners with CASA to send foster kids from the Bay Area to the program, and partners with the non-profit organization, Somos Mayfair, to bring kids from an under-served area of the community. Over the past three years, the GLAM organization has made this unique program available to 120 girls in Silicon Valley.

The GLAM agenda covers eight areas in tech and business: leadership, creativity, coding, business planning, strategy, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and persuasively pitching ideas. The event also puts girls face to face with women STEM titans who serve as role models and offer insights from their own experiences. GLAM speakers have included the CIO of Intel, the COO of Box, the managing director of the largest airline pilot union in the world (ALPA), senior executives at Google, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco, and many others.

To encourage girls who are already making a difference, GLAM invites special guests to encourage and inspire the participants to dare to be changemakers. Each invited guest receives a $500 donation towards his or her cause. Past special guests include, among others, teenagers Alex Weber (female) and Jack Johnston of The Plastic Pick-Up, a not-for-profit organization devoted to ocean clean-up, and Maria Cuentas, a high school student at North Monterey County High School who opened the family resource center, Teen Leadership Council, amongother initiatives to serve and advocate for members of her community.

The impact on the girls participating has been remarkable. Here is one of many comments we’ve received from parents of the participants: “After this experience, my daughter learned self-love and acknowledges how powerful she is. She now talks about college and what she wants to do in life.”

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated organization (up to 125 words):

Renée La Londe, CEO & Founder, iTalent Digital

Renée La Londe founded the GLAM program and her company incubated and financed it until it was spun off as a 501(c)3 organization in 2018 (her company is still the main sponsor). Renée’s recently widowed mother made a steep financial sacrifice to send her to a computer coding camp when she was 13, a watershed opportunity that set her on her career path in tech. She founded GLAM so other girls could have the same opportunity, but without the financial sacrifice.

Key women GLAM 2018 team members include Margaret Sanchez, GLAM program manager; Catherine Blaikie, head of sponsorships; and Patti Justice, creative and design lead.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.