Since 2000, employment growth for women in STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) has been declining. Worldwide, in venture capital-financed, high-growth technology startups, only 9% of entrepreneurs are women. This is a problem which AmCham and its Women's Committee is tackling head on.

In March 2017, AmCham France launched Women Coding for Success. With over 15 corporate partners involved, this free 4-month training program allows young transatlantic women not only to acquire technical skills but also to build their confidence to apply for a job in the digital sector. We want to encourage the leaders and managers of tomorrow who will comfortably work in the tech sector. At the end of their training, AmCham encourages and helps all the participants to secure an internship within a partner company.

The first edition trained 5 young women, and the second edition of the Women Coding for Success (launched in March 2018) graduated 19 participants.

The training program is run by AmCham France, and a number of members including Gayle Gorvett, Noel Thevenet and Raphael Moraglia, with trained professionals from Skillogs and corporate partner experts.

The companies involved include: Atalna Fi, AT&T, Bryan Cave, GGorvett Consulting, Symphony, Barrycenter Europe, EDF, Giromela, AIG, IBM, BNP Paribas, Cisco, Newmanity, Orange, Paypal, Skillogs, Stringcan, The Smartworking Company and 3M.

The program received very positive feedback from the participants. 

"This was a very rewarding experience. The skills that I am taking away from Women Coding for Success is immeasurable. Not only am I now able to better understand the world of technology, but also the interpersonal skills I've learned are invaluable."

"It was very interesting and I have learned so much."

"It was a great experience, I feel lucky to have been part of it. I have definitely grown in confidence and skills and I am motivated to keep learning." 

You can follow along with the program on Facebook

Applications for the 2019 program will open in November 2018. 

Criteria for application: 

  • A woman between the age of 18 and 30
  • Fluent in English and French
  • Available to attend the Saturday training sessions
  • Available to complete an internship after the completion of the training
  • Minimal to no prior coding training
  • Enthusiastic about learning about coding and the technology ecosystem