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Women Who Code: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Updated: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Congratulations Women Who Code, the winner of our 2018 Impact award. We will be honoring Women Who Code (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 7,000 free technical events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 137,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.com.

Alaina Percival is Chief Executive Officer of Women Who Code, a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Under Alaina’s leadership, Women Who Code has grown to serve more than 137,000 women in 20 countries and 60 cities across the globe. This thriving movement offers more than 1,700 free technical and leadership events, per year. In addition to her role at Women Who Code, Percival is an accomplished tech speaker, appearing at WSJ.d Live, CodeMotion Milan, Grace Hopper, Columbia University’s Social Enterprise, MIT’s Venture Capital and Innovation Conference and more. Alaina has been interviewed by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and other publications across the globe to share her expertise on best practices for increasing diversity in tech. Prior to Women Who Code, Alaina worked at PUMA's headquarters in Germany, as well as Riviera Partners and Snip.it, acquired by Yahoo. Alaina is also an Angel Investor and CodePath Advisor.

Secret Ingredient for Growth and Success

 Grit combined with focus. It’s the willingness to do absolutely everything in a company, from marketing and design to compliance and taxes, and also find experts you can pass it on to. It’s also really important to never give up, because things aren't always successful, and you have to constantly face the risk of failure if you want to eventually succeed.

Impact from Mentorship

 I am so incredibly proud of the work we are doing in this area at Women Who Code. The Global Leadership program we have developed scales mentoring, with Directors empowering members to take on Leadership roles in our Networks, and them empowering other members to become Leaders in a constant cycle of success. That’s important because being a WWCode Leader opens them up to new opportunities to speak at conferences, and mentor others, and that allows them to level up and become leaders in their local tech community quickly, often within a year of taking part in the program.

Quotes to Live By

 “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - TS Eliot

Personal Heros

 Personally, my mom is my hero, for too many reasons to list. But professionally, it’s Richard Branson, because he’s able to be humble despite all of his achievements. He’s able to build global organizations that are all connected through the Brand DNA that is Virgin, and still, have a wanderlust and a sense of adventure that is really incredible in this world. I also really admire that he believes in giving back to the community.

Tags:  Leadership  Make Your Mark  women 

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