Code Like A Girl — The Next Chapter
It is with a mixture of excitement, hope, and personal sadness that I announce the next chapter of Code Like A Girl. As of November 1, 2018 I will be stepping down as CEO of Code Like A Girl. My lead English editor Olivia Mischianti will assume the role of CEO and take ownership of Code Like A Girl. I will remain the founder and advisor of Code Like A Girl but will no longer participate in day to day operations.
This was a very difficult, but necessary decision to make. During the last three and a half years I have put all my non-work and non-family energy toward Code Like A Girl. What we have created with the Code Like A Girl community is beyond my wildest dreams. I feel so proud and privileged to have been part of it.
That said, Code Like A Girl needs to be taken to the next level. I believe that Code Like A Girl is having a huge impact on the tech community. We have an amazing community of female developers and male supporters. Our readership is over 50% male! My idea of changing perceptions one story at a time and amplifying those stories with a publication and social media is working. However, there is so much more we could be doing. The few hours a day I am able to give it is not sufficient to run the publication AND continue to do new and interesting things to engage the community and change perceptions of women in technology.
I believe that Code Like A Girl needs a full time CEO and I knew that person couldn’t be me. You see I have a full time job already. One in cybersecurity, which I love, with a company I believe in, Arctic Wolf Networks. It is a job that supports my family and where I have the opportunity to grow and learn from its two amazing founders. They have already given me amazing career opportunities and mentorship over the last three and a half years and recently promoted me from Director of Research and Development to Vice President of Research and Development. I am very excited by this new and even more challenging role, however, it has impacted the amount of time I have available to work for Code Like a Girl.
Enter Olivia Mischianti! Olivia has been working as the lead English editor for Code Like A Girl for the last two years. She understands and believes in the goals of Code Like A Girl. She is a Woman In Tech. She is an Entrepreneur. Olivia is part of our community and has some pretty awesome ideas of how to grow Code Like A Girl so it can make an even larger impact!
To our Patreon supporters. All the funds you have donated and any future donations stay with Code Like A Girl, to help make it even more impactful. Without your support we would not be where we are today. Over the last year and a half Patreon supporters have helped enable us to:
- Support our monthly operational costs.
- Finance Facebook promotions that grew our page followers from 100 to close to 40 000 and promotions of articles that put the articles and ideas in front of thousands more people.
- Hire Dan Vy To to grow our social media presence. In the last six months we have gone from 2000 unique visitors a day to 3000 unique visitors a day. This increase is largely due to our social media campaigns.
- Financially support Ashwin Hariharan as our managing editor. His role has been to manage all incoming submissions and work with our volunteer reviewers and writers to get them published.
- Use a paid tool that allowed us to increased our twitter followers by 2000% over the last two years.
Your support is needed now more than ever as Olivia tries to increase the reach and impact of Code Like A Girl. If you aren’t already supporting us please consider doing so now.
To the Code Like A Girl community. To my volunteer writers, reviewers, editors, and supporters:
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
Your support, mentorship, stories, successes, challenges, have helped me grow into the person I am today. I am often asked in interviews who my mentor is. My answer is always that I don’t have a single mentor, the Code Like A Girl community of thousands of women and their supporters are my mentors. I learn something new in each of the stories they post as part of our publication and community. To you I am forever grateful. I won’t be leaving you. I am still going to be reading your stories, celebrating your successes, commiserating with you in hardships, and asking for help when needed.
Finally I want to thank my amazing husband Gareth Davis. Without his support we would not have Code Like A Girl in its current form. Over the last three and a half years he has often taken on more than his share of family responsibilities so I could pursue Code Like A Girl, my career, recover from an eating disorder, be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend I could be. He is the love of my life, my best friend, my biggest supporter, partner in crime and my rock.
I will leave you with this fun fact about Code Like A Girl. Did you know that 30 000 000+ minutes of Code Like A Girl content has been read since its inception. That equates to one person reading 24 hours a day for 57 YEARS!
Please join me in welcoming Olivia Mischianti as CEO of Code Like a Girl! We are all very excited to see what the future holds under her awesome leadership.
To contact Olivia directly with any inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org