Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant is a Biotechnology/Engineering professional who has spent the last decade in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing industry in a series of technical management roles for a series of Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Bryant is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 5 years. She received her Bachelors of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in CS and math. Ms. Bryant founded BlackGirlsCode in February 2011 to meet the needs of young women of color who are underrepresented in the currently exploding field of technology. The program focuses on introducing girls of color between the ages of 7-14 to the field of digital technology and computer programming with a focus on emerging entrepreneurial concepts. BlackGirlsCode launched a pilot program in October 2011 which consists of a 6 week program of technical instruction in Scratch and other programming methodologies which will provide participants an opportunity to explore basic programming concepts in a "hands on learning" and coaching environment. The pilot program includes field trips and site visits to Bay Area technical companies to allow the participants to explore various technology concepts and encourage exploratory learning and discovery. Although the digital divide is steadily eroding there is still a great disparity in the representation of women and people of color in STEM fields. The mission of BlackGirlsCode is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become the leaders and creators of tomorrow. Our motto is: Build the Future!