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Kimberly Bryant      

Founder of Black Girls Code; Aspen Institute Fellow; Thought Leader in Tech Inclusion; STEM Education Advocate

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. As Oprah describes, Black Girls Code is “the first organization of its kind.”

Bryant has enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011, Bryant has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive.

Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance, and has been nationally recognized as a social innovator and for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry.

Over the years, Bryant has received numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area, the American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian, and the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico. She has been highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology” and was named to both The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists.

Another highlight of Bryant's career was receiving an invitation to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others.

Speech Topics

Behind the Click: Securing the Future for Girls of Color as Tech Leaders & Creators of Tomorrow


Black Girls Code Tackles Tech Inclusion - Forbes

Founded by Kimberly Bryant in 2011, Black Girls Code teaches children aged 7- 17, with courses covering computer programming, coding, and everything ...

Program helps girls crack the career code | The Tennessean ...

Kimberly Bryant, a Vanderbilt University graduate, launched the trial program for Black Girls Code in 2011 with a sense of urgency for exposing young ...

Black Girls Code launching in Miami - Technology -

Kimberly Bryant said the problem in Silicon Valley was plain to see: As the biotech engineer began exploring launching a health-tech startup and attending  ...

The CNN 10: Visionary Women -

CNN highlights the efforts of 10 women who are helping other women find success, self-esteem and sometimes a safe haven.

Inspired Women Will Open Up Geek Culture -

Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code. Updated September 18, 2014, 10:44 PM. Technology is a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives and the ...

Diversity in tech takes center stage at 'Superwomen Summit'

"I always found it difficult to be a minority within a minority," says Kimberly Bryant, a conference speaker and founder of Black Girls Code. The former Genentech ...

And The Winners Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Are…

Silicon Valley is getting dressed up tonight to celebrate startups, their founders and CEOs, VCs and angels, and the products they make during our 9th Annual Crunchies awards show at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Tonight’s show is hosted by comedian Chelsea Peretti.

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