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Tracy Chou          

Advocate for Diversity & Inclusion in the Tech Industry; CEO and Founder of Block Party

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur and software engineer, known for her work advocating for diversity and inclusion in tech. She is 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

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

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.


How women can deal with online harassment - The Washington Post
Data brokers scrape heaps of information from other sites to sell. Tracy Chou, founder and chief executive of the anti-harassment app Block Party, suggests ...
Why Tracy Chou Stepped Up to Tackle Abuse on Social Media | TIME
Three years ago, when Tracy Chou was between meetings or even while brushing her teeth, she would frequently open her phone and gravitate to Twitter.
Tracy Chou's life as a tech activist: abuse, and optimism
Tracy Chou should have been writing code. It was the spring of 2019, and the tech founder had just returned to San Francisco after a sojourn in London.
VC firms need to release portfolio diversity data | TechCrunch
It kicked into high gear in October 2013, when Tracy Chou, then an engineer at ... Chou started things off by reporting Pinterest's engineering team's gender ...
How to close the gender pay gap: solutions from Sheryl Sandberg ...
In 2013, Tracy Chou put a blog post on Medium. com in which she urged tech companies in Silicon Valley to come clean on the true number of women in their ...
Women in The Workplace: Money Matters - WSJ Women In
Urban Zen's Helen Aboah and Block Party's Tracy Chou discuss successful strategies to implement fair pay structures. TWO FEMALE CEOS DISCUSS ...
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Block Party, an app that blocks harassment, launches in beta
It's the brainchild of Tracy Chou, who knows all about online abuse from her ... Chou's social media accounts can be a duck-and-cover drill, as she's also the ...
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