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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:24 PM


The Nerdery is hosting a screening of short film She++: Inspiring women to empower computer science, with a panel discussion to follow. This short documentary collects research and inspirational pieces of Silicon Valley's unsung heroes to galvanize us to explore our potential as “femgineers.” RSVP:

When: Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00PM
Where: UMKC, Flarsheim Hall 310, 5110 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110
Visitor parking near the library and behind Grant Hall

Written and directed by recent Stanford University good girls gone geek, Ayna Agarwal and Ellora Israni, she++: The Documentary encourages the future CEOs, the innovative engineers, the techies and the fuzzies, the sisters, cousins, and daughters, to break away from the stereotype into a revolutionary field.

The panel:
Sarah Hebert: CEO and Creative Director of Curious Pixel, Digital Communications Manager at Sprint, co-founder of Hack of the Sexes
Melanie Haas: Technical DIrector at VML, Organizer of KC Geek Night
Jennifer Wadella: Interactive Web Developer at VML, Founder of KC Women in Technology
Sarah Withee: CS student, Software Engineering Intern at Perceptive Software, Binary Girls blogger
Josepha Haden Chomphosy: Digital Analyst at MMGY Global, co-founder of WordPressKC

“I’ve been doing lots of reading about women in tech, and particularly women in programming. The stories and numbers haven’t been particularly encouraging,” said Nerdery Software Engineer Jen Heilemann. “Female participation in Computer Science and particularly programming conferences is pitiful. Over the last thirty years, the total number of women in scientific fields have grown dramatically, while the number of women in Computer Science hasn’t kept pace with the men. In 1987, 42% of software developers in the US were women, while today, that number hovers around 28%.”

“We want to be a vocal part of any conversation that leads to more women pursuing STEM education and careers in technology,” said Nerdery Talent Advocate Madelon Wills, panel moderator for The Nerdery’s post-screening discussion.

“Depending on which conference you attend, the number of female participants can range between 25% and 2%, leading to the “Steve rule” (or the “Brian Rule” or the “Scott Rule”): there will be more attendees named Steve than total female attendees,” Heilemann wrote on The Nerdery’s blog. “Women rarely participate in open source projects, a huge percentage less than are actually employed as programmers, with surveys ranging from 1.1% to possibly as much as 3-5%, depending on the community.”

“Things are getting better – slowly,” said Heilemann. “At the corporate level, companies are increasing the number of diversity programs, internships, and mentoring programs focused on women. The number of educational programs and scholarships for young women in computer science have grown dramatically (and some of them don’t even use pink in their advertising!). But the assumptions surrounding women in programming aren’t changing quickly enough.”

The Nerdery has already co-hosted a screening of She++ at its Minneapolis office along with Girls in Tech and plans to screen the film at its Chicago office next.

About The Nerdery
The Nerdery ( is a developer driven interactive production firm that partners with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and execute their interactive projects, including websites, mobile and social media. With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City and voted by its staff onto multiple top workplace lists, The Nerdery is professional home of about 440 web developers, UX designers, QA engineers and other Nerds. Moving toward its vision to be the best place in the world for nerds to work, The Nerdery in 2012 analyzed past decisions to ensure that future choices are grounded in company core values: Constantly push boundaries; Integrity in all circumstances; Win by empowering people; Be humble; Solve problems pragmatically. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery has made Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first five years of eligibility. At The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, a 24-hour community-service event, more than $4 million in professional web development services have been freely given to 114 nonprofit organizations in Illinois and Minnesota. For year-to-year job growth, The Nerdery was featured in Inc. Magazine’s December 2012 edition as Hire Power Award recipient. In February 2013 The Nerdery won a BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth for embracing a culture of distributed leadership, articulated by the late Luke Bucklin, Nerdery President and co-founder: “Put your business card on the desk in front of you...This card does not define you. You are a Co-President. You are bigger than your defined role...Play your part – transcend your job title, be a hero.”

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