TechGirlz is thrilled to announce that our Director, Amy Cliett, has been honored by the PA Conference for Women and Target in their Women’s Stories of Hope and Inspiration Celebration. One of only five women receiving this honor in 2020, Amy is being featured, along with the other four honorees, on the main stage at the PA Conference for Women for her work leading the TechGirlz team as we educate and inspire girls to explore all the possibilities in technology.
Here is an excerpt from the the award submission:
“Early in the pandemic, recognizing the extra educational and social needs that girls would have during stay-at-home orders, Director of TechGirlz (techgirlz.org), Amy Cliett, led her team to transfer all of their in-person workshops and camps to a virtual format in just 4 days. She, and the team, worked hard to find a way to ensure that no girls missed the opportunity to keep learning about tech and connecting with other girls interested in tech. As a result of these quick changes, TechGirlz has been able to schedule 75 virtual workshops, four week-long virtual camps, and convert over 50 of the TechGirlz workshop topics to be held virtually. This venture would have been much more difficult without Amy’s guidance, coordination, and insights. During all the upheaval to make this rapid change, Amy has been a steadying force for her team and the entire TechGirlz community with an open mind, always having an open virtual door policy, being a shoulder for her team to lean on and an example for the girls and parents in the TechGirlz community. All while still managing, caring for, and homeschooling her own children.”
Upon being notified that she received the honor (and again demonstrating why she truly deserves it), Amy responded “I’m honored to receive this award and even though it is my name being presented, I have to give credit and thanks to my amazing team and volunteers that are tirelessly keeping the mission alive”.
We are so proud that Amy is being recognized for her hard work and leadership.
Visit https://www.techgirlz.org/volunteer/ to learn how you can help TechGirlz inspire even more girls to explore the possibilities in tech.
*Update: The above was submitted in June 2020. As of October 2020, TechGirlz has held 194 virtual workshops with over 5,000 girls in 2020.