(Photo courtesy of Joni Trythall)
Last month, we spoke with a local brigade of women in tech working to bring Girl Develop It, the nonprofit that offers software training courses to women, to Wilmington. At that time, the nonprofit was in 52 cities across the country.
Now, it would seem as though that same group — First Ascent cofounder Pauline Rubin, Pocket Guide to Writing SVG author Joni Trythall, Zip Code Wilmington community engagement manager Dominique Clarke and 1313 Innovation community manager Megan Anthony — has made it 53.
— GDI Wilmington (@gdiwilm) September 23, 2015
According to GDI’s website, the nonprofit is officially in Wilmington — and they’re throwing a kickoff meet-and-greet event with sponsor organization 1313 Innovation on Oct. 21, hosted by chapter leads Trythall and Anthony.
The event will give attendees a chance to meet the GDI Wilmington team and learn more about the nonprofit, its mission and how to get involved.
— Corinne (@corinnepw) September 4, 2015
— Joni Trythall (@JoniTrythall) September 21, 2015
Anthony said GDI Wilmington already has about 30 members.
“It speaks volumes about Wilmington and its community. People want the opportunity to learn about technology in a friendly environment,” Anthony said. “There’s an immense need for this, and I’m beyond thankful to be a part of bringing this incredible organization here. I cannot wait to see how this will help women in Wilmington succeed in their roles, or transition to new careers or empower them to start their own companies.”
Trythall said successfully bringing GDI to Wilmington means affording women a safe, welcoming and supportive tech community to be a part of.
“When women have this type of community to be a part of, the larger tech environment as a whole benefits and there will organically be more women participating, speaking at conferences, and just all around taking positions of leadership throughout the area,” she said. “There is a lot of empowerment that comes along with having this type of support system in place and I couldn’t be more excited for Delaware right now.”
There's a Girl Develop It in my hometown and I'm so excited/proud of Wilmington ✨ @gdiwilm
— Alyssa Dill (@alyssadill) September 21, 2015
GDI Executive Director Corinne Warnshius said the launch would have had to wait until 2016 if it weren’t for seed funding from lead sponsor AT&T.
“Girl Develop It is doing great things to create opportunities for women in emerging tech communities across the country,” said Joseph Divis, executive director of AT&T External Affairs. “We’re proud to support their work, and we can’t wait to help them launch the Wilmington chapter next month.”