What we're about

Philly Tech Sistas (http://www.phillytechsistas.org) is an organization aimed at helping women of color gain technical and professional skills in order to work, thrive, and move up in the tech industry. We do this by providing intro to programming workshops and professional development events that build leadership, confidence and community. Our vision is to partner with tech companies throughout the Philadelphia area to help bridge the diversity, equity and inclusion gap by providing a diverse pipeline of talent.

All attendees, speakers, volunteers, mentors, etc., are expected to abide by the Philly Tech Sistas Code of Conduct:


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Our Facebook group is a space for members to network, ask questions, find accountability partners, share relevant content, ideas, job postings, news, and events. Feel free to invite others!


Want to Volunteer?

Our programs give women the opportunity to leverage their careers and create better lives for themselves. Invest your time in helping develop future tech innovators so companies can recruit them for internships, apprenticeships, and employment.

Join our Leadership Team (https://www.phillytechsistas.org/volunteer-4) - Leverage your career by involving yourself in a new leadership opportunity! Help create new opportunities for others.

Become an Instructor (https://www.phillytechsistas.org/become-an-instructor) - Use your knowledge and skills to help other women learn programming in a safe, fun, social environment!

Become a Mentor (https://www.phillytechsistas.org/become-a-mentor) - Our Mentors serve as TA positions. Help create a welcoming environment and answer questions students may have.

For questions about different ways you can get involved (https://www.phillytechsistas.org/get-involved) or if you'd like to volunteer to help teach a workshop, please contact us at phillytechsistas@gmail.com.

Upcoming events (2)

Getting Past the "What Do We Do Now?" Conversation in Black and Brown Tech

**** You must register with Think Company here: http://bit.ly/thinkcowebinar Join me for a conversation with Think Company about what success looks like for DEI initiatives at tech companies. About this Webinar As a result of George Floyd’s death and the public outcry for more just and equal rights among Black people, tech companies have been reflective of their own practices and thinking of ways they can contribute to building a more diverse tech workforce. There’s a ton of research showing that having more diverse teams and executive leadership leads to more profit and productivity for companies. So, why don’t we see more diverse teams? Over the past four months, many in our community have initiated conversations about how to build a more diverse tech ecosystem. Join us for an interview-style webinar to explore a big question facing our industry: how do we move beyond asking ourselves about the problems with diversity in tech and instead ask ourselves what success looks like in DEI initiatives at our companies? Then, how do we work backwards from there to start making progress? Thinker David Dylan Thomas will facilitate a Q&A with our guest speaker, Ashley Turner This is part of our ongoing webinar series on tackling design and technology challenges. **** You must register with Think Company here: http://bit.ly/thinkcowebinar About our Guest Ashley Turner A huge advocate for EdTech, Ashley Turner is an Academic Technologist at Swarthmore College where she trains faculty, staff, and students on learning technology software and shows them how to use these tools in more meaningful ways. At Swarthmore, Ashley leads initiatives around blended, active, and online learning. She also serves as Chair for Swarthmore’s WOC Employee Resource Group, and is a member of the Young Professional Advisory Committee for EDUCAUSE. With 7 years of design, development, and technical training experience, Ashley strives to help people learn better through the use of technology. Not only is Ashley passionate about EdTech, but she is also on a mission to help diversify the tech industry by getting more women of color involved in the field. She is the recipient of the 2019 Technically Philly Award for Impact Leader of the Year, where she was recognized for her work running Philly Tech Sistas—an organization that aims to help women of color get more involved in the technology field by providing technical and professional development workshops. Most recently, Ashley is serving as a board member of Philadelphia Sinfonia, a youth orchestra that supports the artistic growth of young musicians in the Delaware Valley. Vist Think Company's event page to learn more: http://bit.ly/thinklandingpage

UX Made Easy: Intro to User Experience and Design Thinking

**** Must Register on Eventbrite to attend: http://bit.ly/ptsintroux The field of User Experience (UX) design is becoming more popular, and each year the demand and salary for positions in this field continue to increase. That is why the time is now for you to be equipped with the knowledge you need to excel in it! This course, geared towards women of color, breaks down the process of design thinking in digestible steps, with relatable and interactive exercises that will keep you engaged and allow you to put your knowledge into practice. At the end of the workshop, you'll be given an optional exercise to complete that you can add to your portfolio. The first 3 people to complete the exercise wins a free giveaway! The UX field is in need of women like you, and with our help we will get you there, so sign up today space is limited and will run out quickly! For any additional questions contact [masked]. How to Prepare: No coding or UX experience necessary Internet enabled computer Zoom app Web browser such as Chrome or FireFox Please familiarize yourself with Philly Tech Sistas Code of Conduct Must be 18 years or older About Our Instructor Chelsea Jones is a Senior User Experience Designer at Think Company where she generates design solutions that recognize the goals and limitations of users, and translates a story that satisfies their needs in a visually stimulating and cohesive way. She has a passion for constantly growing, a relentless need to perform and an obsession with solving user-centric problems. **** Must Register on Eventbrite to attend: http://bit.ly/ptsintroux About Our Sponsor: Think Company is a UX and development consultancy that provides design and technology leadership to help companies create a cohesive user experience across complex systems—at every touchpoint between people and your organization. **** Must Register on Eventbrite to attend: http://bit.ly/ptsintroux

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Progress and the Power of Community

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