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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 and software engineer, known for her work advocating for diversity and inclusion in tech. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Block Party, which aims to fight abuse and harassment online. She co-founded Project Include, which consults tech startups on diversity and inclusion, and the social movement #MovingForward, which works with venture capital firms to establish and publish anti-harassment policies. In 2013, her Medium article “Where are the Numbers?” helped jumpstart the practice of tech companies disclosing their data on diversity. Tracy has worked as a software engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, a software engineer at Quora, and a technical consultant for the U.S. Digital Service in the executive branch of the federal government during the Obama administration.

Tracy has been named Forbes Tech 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35, and Fast Company Most Creative People in Business, and been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, and other media outlets. She 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

News


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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