Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE
Where are you from?
What is the name of your startup?
Black Girls CODE
What does your startup do?
Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to introduce girls of color from black, Latino, and Native American communities to skills in computer programming and digital
technology. Our goal is to give girls from underrepresented communities 21st century skills which will empower them to become the tech leaders and creators of tomorrow.
Why/how did you become an entrepreneur?
I have spent more than 15 years in various leadership roles in several Fortune 100 companies, but I have always had a strong desire to be my own boss and forge my own path as an entrepreneur. I actually come from a long line of entrepreneurs and started several small companies both during and after college. I was driven to create Black Girls CODE after identifying a significant need for an organization such as ours with a focus on girls and technology. We were the first organization specifically focused on training girls of color skills in computer programming. Helping to drive the increase of girls in the STEM pipeline and specifically technology is a passion and it is the motivating factor which drives me to continue to build and develop my business day to day.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Today what rings true for me is the theme song for “Mission Impossible”. However our feel our goals as an organization are possible and achievable. Although there have been many challenges and hurdles on our journey to building Black Girls CODE into a thriving and sustainable organization, I am convinced with the continued support and dedication of like minded organizations and individuals in our community that we will exceed our goals.