One of Rev.io’s top values is “caring for employees, clients and the community.” One of our favorite ways to give back? WIT Girls Job Shadow Week.
While women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, they only account for 29% of the science and engineering workforce. This disparity becomes especially apparent in college, where America lags behind in the number of students majoring in science and engineering at colleges and universities, especially females. WIT Girls collaborates with Georgia businesses to support and inspire girls looking to break through barriers and advance in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) fields.
Our team has been proud to participate in this annual opportunity for the past three years. Rev.io would not be what it is today without our female engineers, and we love giving young girls a glimpse into the future of a career in technology. This hands-on experience provides participants with a better picture of what their futures hold upon earning a degree in a STEAM field. Other participating companies include Sage, StateFarm, SunTrust, SecureWorks, and The Weather Company.
Behind-The-Scenes of 2017’s WIT Girls Job Shadow Week
This year, we brought in ten girls between 9th and 12th grade to shadow our female engineers. Monday was full of warm introductions, a tour of the Rev.io office, and the week’s assignments / expectations. Tuesday through Thursday, participants had a chance to shadow the females of Rev.io and experience their day-to-day responsibilities and skillsets. On Friday, the girls were tasked with creating a presentation on what their impact could be as a female in STEAM.
The Rev.io team helped participants with presentation, leadership and soft skills as well as more technical experience (including writing code!). We always offer each participant a GitHub account so they can start a foundation or portfolio for a career in tech. Who knows…perhaps they’ll be engineering the next key piece of Rev.io’s technology one day.
The program is led by Rev.io’s Gevena Gross, a 2016 Woman of the Year in Technology honoree. She speaks on why Rev.io decided to get involved:
“I had worked with WIT in the past, and while I would love to take full credit for Rev.io’s involvement, it was really the men of Rev.io that brought this to fruition. They wanted more female software engineers. They wanted that diversity and perspective to make our software stronger. Rev.io is passionate about this program, and were thrilled to get involved. It was really a no-brainer for us to volunteer.”