WOMEN CODING FOR SUCCESS
Since 2000, women have seen low employment growth in STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 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 allowed 5 young transatlantic women not only to acquire technical skills but also to build their confidence to apply for a job in the digital sector. At the end of their training, AmCham helped the participants secure an internship in AmCham partner companies.
The second edition of Women Coding for Success launched in March 2018, with 19 participants. The young women, from different backgrounds, will complete the training program and will be offered internships in one of our member companies.
The training program is run by AmCham France and its members Gayle Gorvett, Noel Thevenet and Raphael Moraglia, with trained professionals from Skillogs and corporate partner experts.
The companies involved in the 2017 edition 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 are now closed for the 2018 edition. Please check back in Summer 2018 for the 2019 application.
Criteria for application:
- Women between the ages of 18 and 30
- Fluent in English and French
- Available to attend 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