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Tracy Chou      

Diversity & Inclusion Expert within the Tech Industry; Co-Founder of Project Include & Former Pinterest Engineer

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the startup world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism.

From 2011 to 2016, Chou was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, with roles on home feed and recommendations, ads products, web, infrastructure, API, email, and growth. Before Pinterest, she had worked at Quora and gathered internship experience at Rocket Fuel, Google, and Facebook. During the previous federal administration, she was on reserve with the U.S. Digital Service as a technical consultant.

Alongside her engineering career, Chou is best known for raising the profile of the issue of the low representation of women in technology companies, and pressuring companies to reveal more statistics about the composition of their workforce. In 2016, she co-founded the advocacy group Project Include with 7 other women from the industry. She was named Forbes Tech 30 under 30 in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue, WIRED, The Atlantic, and other outlets for her advocacy.

Chou graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.

Speech Topics

Tech Diversity: How did we get here and where do we go from here?

Tracy describes how we got to where we are in terms of the lack of diversity in tech, why it matters, and ongoing efforts to address the issue.

A story of sexism in Silicon Valley, and some advice for women entering the field

Tracy tells her own story of becoming a software engineer and shares some advice for women who want to enter and succeed in the field


Quantifying Silicon Valley's Diversity Issue | WIRED

Tracy Chou has become a leading voice for women in the tech industry.

How Pinterest Engineer Tracy Chou is Breaking the Silicon Ceiling

Tracy Chou, a young engineer at Pinterest, is tackling tech’s women problem head-on...

Graduate Chou speaks as Saint Francis High School kicks off 2014-15

A 2005 Saint Francis High School graduate, who is a rising star in the tech industry returned to her alma mater to encourage students not to overly worry about their future. Tracy Chou, a software engineer at Pinterest...

Pinterest’s Tracy Chou To Talk Diversity At Disrupt SF 2015

Diversity is a problem even Silicon Valley cannot solve — something Tracy Chou plainly highlighted in 2013 when she set up a database to help quantify the Valley’s diversity issue with the hopes of bringing to light just how few women engineers there are at top tech firms...

SXSW Interactive reveals early speaker list: Pinterest, Giphy and what does Foxx say about Uber?

South By Southwest Interactive has released a list of 13 speakers who are confirmed for next year’s technology and innovation event...

Exclusive: Pinterest launches innovative diversity project

Pinterest is taking a bold stand in the push to increase diversity in the technology industry...

Inside Pinterest's Plans to Fix Its Diversity Problem

The gathering should have been a celebration. Nearly two years earlier, Tracy Chou, a female Asian-American programmer at Pinterest, had disclosed in a much talked-about blog post entitled "Where are the numbers?"...

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