Philadelphia, PA (May 3, 2017) – On May 2, 2017, TechGirlz and its founder Tracey Welson-Rossman were honored with Rad Girls’ Nonprofit of the Year Award. The announcement was made at the 3rd Annual Rad Awards, celebrated at Stratus Rooftop Lounge.
Held annually during Philly Tech Week, the Rad Awards honor local women who inspire in the fields of technology, media, culture and business. Other categories recognize one entrepreneur, scientist, technologist, artist, educator, product, connector, innovator, and activist annually, as well as the year’s “Rad Girl” and “Rad Guy.”
TechGirlz was named Nonprofit of the Year for empowering middle school girls with the tools to pursue diverse careers in technology. Connecting students to diverse career options and industry professionals through free, hands-on workshops, TechGirlz is working to reduce the gender gap in technology. After participating in one of the organization’s TechShopz, 81% of girls changed their mind about a tech career.
Runners up for Nonprofit of the Year included Alexandra Gibson, Festival & Events Director for the Philadelphia Film Society; Rachel Zimmerman, Executive Director of InLiquid; and Barbara Silzle, Executive Director of The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
For more information on the Rad Awards, visit http://www.rad-girls.com/.
TechGirlz inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology. The organization’s aim is to help adolescent girls understand that a future in technology does not necessarily equate to “a boring computer job,” but instead transcends the cubicle into nearly every field imaginable. By encouraging women to participate in science and technology today, as well as providing a solid foundation of peers, mentors and positive role models, TechGirlz hopes to spark innovation, exhilaration and motivation in young women to become tomorrow’s tech leaders.