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Audience in Lecture






Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Black Girls CODE/Ascend Ventures


Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science. Before founding Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional
career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles at several Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.

Since 2011 Black Girls CODE
has grown from a local grassroots organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international nonprofit with chapters across the
U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has reached over 3,000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Kimberly serves on the boards of many national organizations such as the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.

Kimberly has received numerous awards and recognition for her work as a social innovator focused on increasing opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry. She was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service and honored by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. In 2013 Kimberly was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. In 2014 Kimberly received a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress and was given the inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico.

She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion, women and leadership, and education, and continues to speak on these topics at events such as the Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others.

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