A New Online Series: Meet the Women of Chasing Grace

A New Online Series: Meet the Women of Chasing Grace

Today I’m pleased to announce a new series of online shorts called “Meet the Women of Chasing Grace.” While our episodes are currently only available at screenings and won’t be online until they’re all completed, these online exclusive shorts take you behind the scenes to learn more about the women sharing their stories for the Project.

We’re releasing two shorts today and will release one a week each Friday for the next 6–7 weeks. In today’s releases you’ll meet mom and startup co-founder Abby Cheesman, who tells us what she experienced when pitching venture capitalists while eight-months pregnant. You’ll also meet open source tech executive Nithya Ruff, who originally appeared in ours series trailer and tells us about her experience as a young girl in India and the influence her father had on her path into tech.

Take Action for Women in Tech: Help Bring Chasing Grace to SXSW

Take Action for Women in Tech: Help Bring Chasing Grace to SXSW

Many reasons are cited for the lack of women in tech but the most often-cited reason is the culture. But how do you begin to solve for that? Changing culture inside our own companies is hard enough. How do we begin to change it industry-wide? The tech industry prides itself on solving the hard problems but somehow this one remains a puzzle.

We believe the solution is in telling and sharing stories, and there’s a load of evidence to support this theory. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long game. And that’s always difficult for Silicon Valley to rationalize. In a world where “time to market” and “return on investment” set the pace, it’s sometimes difficult to grasp that not all solutions are on the same timeline nor come in the same package.

Nominations Open for Chasing Grace Project Advisory Board

Nominations Open for Chasing Grace Project Advisory Board

Today we’re opening nominations for The Chasing Grace Project Advisory Board, which will help us quickly identify trending topics and stories that are perhaps just starting to emerge in the women in tech narrative.

We’ve talked to hundreds of men and women from all over the world to inform the stories we tell and the treatment we give them in The Chasing Grace Project. Those conversations continue. I’m conducting interviews this week and next, for example, to inform our next episode about female founders. But we know we can have a much bigger impact with the help of an AB, whose members are attending events and are involved in conversations that we aren’t. We can’t possibly be everywhere all the time. The AB will extend our understanding and reach.