#GoodGirlsGoneGeek


Our Team

The Movement

Founded in January 2012, she++ was Stanford's first conference on women in technology. In April 2012, we hosted a lineup of inspirational women in tech--from companies such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Pinterest, among others--and 250+ attendees on Stanford's campus. After positive feedback from attendees, mentors, and the press, we have decided to expand she++ into a full-fledged community that inspires women to empower computer science. Through a number of initiatives, we aim to create community and momentum for female technologists. Learn more about our motivation in this video from our founders.

Ellora Israni

Co-Founder

Computer Science, Class of 2014

Hometown: Portola Valley, CA

I think a major reason we have so few female engineers is the lack of concrete role models- that is, the lack of individuals whom we can point to and say, “Look, if you pursue technology, you could be her someday.” she++ is a unique opportunity to learn from the stories of those surrounding us. So much of the publicity surrounding technology is, understandably, technical, but the stories of women in technology are as inspirational as their accomplishments.

ellora (at) stanford (dot) edu

Ayna Agarwal

Co-Founder

Symbolic Systems, Class of 2014

Hometown: Edison, NJ

I wanted to be a veterinarian, a teacher, a lawyer... the list goes on, but never once did I aspire to be a computer scientist. After meeting smart, creative, and confident women technologists in the Silicon Valley who shared a love for innovation, I discovered my love for all things geeky. It's important to show students they are capable of affecting the 'tech world' by creating a supportive environment of successful role models and dynamic conversations. she++ tells the story of a budding force of women technologists creating incredible change.

ayna1 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Saguna Goel

Co-Director

Symbolic Systems, Class of 2015

Hometown: Bahrain and India

she++ is a unique idea: it recognizes and celebrates ground-breaking women in technological fields whilst encouraging tech students like me to follow in their footsteps. Women have long served as home-makers and the skills required to successfully run are mirrored in the way a company or tech project should be handled. It has famously said that it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes- she++ will do exactly this!

sgoel1 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Rachel Mellon

Co-Director

#include Fellowship Co-Director

Computer Science, Class of 2016

Hometown: Redding, CT

she++ is an amazing opportunity for students and empowered women in tech to network and share their experiences. I think that men and women can have extraordinarily different perspectives on the same things, and that we all have so much to learn from each other. That's why getting more women into technology is so important: diversity breeds creativity and, as a result, better solutions to the problems of the future.

rbmellon (at) stanford (dot) edu

Helen Hastings

Director of Finance

Computer Science, Class of 2016

Hometown: Vienna, VA

I know what it's like to be the sole female in a programming class, and I want to fight the masculine stereotype surrounding computer science education. she++ aims to help young women realize their ability to contribute to a field they may have never otherwise considered getting into; a field that is the spearhead of innovation in our society. By providing role models and a push in the right direction, we're going to inspire a whole new set of perspectives and ideas to enter the game.

hhas77 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Arushi Jain

Partnerships Director

Computer Science, Class of 2015

Hometown: Delhi, India

I grew up in a country where gender stereotypes are very prominent. Many times, certain beliefs are so ingrained into a culture that it’s hard to think of anything but, and it’s easy to fall into those stereotypes on your own without noticing. Its something I still struggle with today – as a junior at the university that is said to have one of the best Computer Science programs in the world. she++ is an effort to fight to help me - and others who have had similar experiences - fight that. It’s the beginning of a movement, and I am so excited for what is to come ahead.

arushij (at) stanford (dot) edu

Raiyan Khan

Research and Content Development

Computer Science, Class of 2015

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

For many women, the pivotal issue regarding their decision to pursue the study of computer science is gender. Whether it be fewer role models, difficulty identifying with peers, or internal doubts, she++ aims to minimize these obstacles. By showcasing leaders, and facilitating discussion, she++ fosters a community for women in technology.

rrkhan (at) stanford (dot) edu

Priya Ganesan

Press Relations Lead

Computer Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: Redmond, WA

Although I was exposed to computer science at a young age, I didn’t think it was for me, and my school didn't offer a computer science class either. My interest was first piqued after I did a CS summer camp, and I went on to self-study AP Computer Science in my junior year of high school. Even though I wanted to take part in hackathons, code days, and other tech-related activities, I was always too intimidated to participate because I thought I would be one of the only girls there. In working to solve this issue, she++ provides girls with the encouragement, support, inspiration, and community to confidently pursue computer science and make an impact through technology.

priyag (at) stanford (dot) edu

Alison Kohl

Director of Marketing

Computer Science, Class of 2015

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

I came to Stanford wanting to study economics, but the introductory computer science class I took in my freshman fall quickly derailed that. As I continue into more advanced computer science classes, I've started to see less and less women in my classes, and at my job this summer I was the only female software engineer on my team. I know those ratios can be brought closer to 50/50 if women have well-established communities that will empower them to pursue technology, and she++ is a means to that end.

akohl (at) stanford (dot) edu

Thuy Tran

Social Media Director

Economics, Class of 2015

Hometown: San Diego, California

I believe that the tech industry is lacking—lacking in women! Computer science is integral to our society and everything imaginable runs on programs. As an economics major, computer science is not my direct focus but it is a subject that I am learning and growing to love. It is important for women to understand how technology affects their everyday lives and how they can affect technology. She++ aims to help women realize their potential in computer science and I am excited to be a part of the team!

ttran2 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Michelle Pan

Director of Design

Computer Science, Class of 2015

Hometown: Austin, TX

she++ is a great way for women to learn about the ins and outs of working in the tech industry. There are so many stereotypes surrounding women in tech jobs and she++ does a phenomenal job of revealing the truth behind them all. With the right support and encouragement, women can excel in the tech industry and bring a fresh new perspective to the field.

mxpan (at) stanford (dot) edu

Jessie Alvarez

Webmaster

Computer Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: Studio City, CA

Ever since I was a little girl and saw a documentary on the history of personal computers, I’ve felt a need to work with computers. I’d spend long summer days trying with all of my eight-year-old might to get my own sites (which over utilized tables and underutilized CSS) to function properly.

Since then, my interest in computer science has only grown, and I have tried to satisfy my technological curiosity in every way possible. My high school only gave me a few small chances to learn about computer science, so I have done my best to teach myself and learn skills that will supplement my future knowledge. Since I was already so driven to learn about computers, this wasn't an issue for me, but I want to help other girls who might not know where to start with computer science, or who don't even know why computer science is so interesting.

jessiea (at) stanford (dot) edu

Lucy Wang

#include Fellowship Co-Director

Computer Science, Class of 2016

Hometown: Garnet Valley, PA

I came to Stanford with an interest in biology and economics, but the idea of majoring in computer science didn't cross my mind until I took CS 106A my freshman year. Like numerous others, I loved it, and a few quarters later, I knew that CS is what I wanted to do. Looking back, I wish I had been exposed to computer science earlier. While AP Computer Science was offered at my high school, I didn't take it, because I didn't know what CS was and I couldn't envision myself being a coder. And therein lies the problem. I believe that in order to increase the representation of women in technology, we have to start in our high schools, and inspire young women to give CS a try. This is she++'s focus this year, and I am so excited for our new initiatives.

lucywang (at) stanford (dot) edu

Reynis Vazquez-Guzman

#include Fellowship Content Manager

Computer Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: Basalt, Colorado

STEM subjects always interested me, but throughout high school I found that very few girls around me shared the same passion. The reasons varied for my friends’ lack of interest in but the most prevalent reason was the negative stereotypes surrounding the tech industry. She++ does a great job of combating these stereotypes and providing a strong community to empower women in tech fields as well as women who may be unsure on how to start. I hope that through she++ people will become inspired to help diversify tech fields and in doing so create a brighter future through technology.

reynis (at) stanford (dot) edu

Nathalia Scrimshaw

#include Fellowship Operations Manager

Computer Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

I wasn’t formally introduced to the field of computer science until my senior year of high school, and I wish that I had found out about CS earlier in my high school career, which is why I strongly support the mission of she++. she++ aims to help girls learn the value of computer science early on, which is vital to gaining more women in technology. With an abundance of resources for getting involved in computer science, she++ is effectively empowering girls to join the increasing technology sector so they can share their perspective and make a difference in the world.

nms2017 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Teresa Nguyen

Mentorship Program Co-Director

Chemistry, Class of 2014

Hometown: Renton, WA

I’m actually a Chemistry major at Stanford. Though Computer Science is not my focus of study, the significance and application of Computer Science is undeniable in every field in our modern day society. This is demonstrated through this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was awarded to studies in Computational Chemistry. I believe that Computer Science key to our future and holds countless possibilities, especially when used in application with other fields, something I’ve discovered personally to be true while taking various Computer Science classes at Stanford. I believe that it is important for young girls to be aware of and to tap into this immense pool of potential. She++’s programs inspire girls to explore Computer Science and encourage them to utilize, create, and innovate in technology and the sciences. Regardless of what they would like to pursue and study, I hope that they can find Computer Science a powerful tool towards their own goals.

teresan1 (at) stanford (dot) edu

Isabelle Woodrow

Mentorship Program Co-Director

Computer Science, Class of 2016

Hometown: Aspen, Colorado

My high school did not offer any Computer Science and I came into Stanford having no idea what I wanted to study. I started out with CS 106A (the introductory computer science course at Stanford) and immediately loved CS. Since then I have continued along the CS track at Stanford and continue enjoying it. However, each following CS class I take, there are less and less women. My little sister doesn't want to continue doing the robotics club at her middle school because there are no other girls and all the boys are "weird." My goal is to help abolish the stereotype of the "typical" computer scientist and help show girls that they too can study and love CS.

iwoodrow (at) stanford (dot) edu

Amber Rockwood

Video Library Co-Director

Symbolic Systems, Class of 2014

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

I started out at Stanford with a smattering of humanities classes and a vague idea that I wanted to major in something that would help me change the world. I took my first CS class on a whim, and I fell in love with it. However, as I advanced in the introductory programming sequence, I saw less women in my classes, and at times questioned whether I even belonged there. I see she++ as an inspiring community of women technologists supporting each other to combat the stereotypes that exist about computer science. My goal is to help potential girl geeks see computer science as something super cool, useful, and not scary to study, and to help inspire them to build the future of technology with their own unique perspectives.

amberr (at) stanford (dot) edu

Alyssa Kristen Vann

Video Library Co-Director

Computer Science, Class of 2017

Hometown: McAllen, Texas

I took my first Computer Science course the summer before my Junior year of high school and fell in love with the creativity and problem solving involved in programming. However, I quickly realized that few of my friends shared this interest, and I did not know how to change their perspectives. After attending the she++ Conference in April of my Senior year, I felt inspired by the message of the conference and by the many women and men invested in diversifying tech. For the first time, I could see myself becoming a software engineer. Having been inspired by this conference, I now want girls everywhere to hear this message so that they too may become cognizant of their potential to contribute to the field of technology.

avann (at) stanford (dot) edu

Gabriele (Gabbi) Fisher

Research Lead for Video Library

Contemplating majors in Computer Science and Public Policy, Class of 2017

(Latest) Hometown: Andover, MA

I’ve loved computer science ever since I coded my first personal website in middle school. Although I was never particularly good at drawing or painting, code gave me another medium for art. I’m excited about unusual applications of code, from creative expression all the way to public policy. As our world becomes ever more dependent on technology, I think we need a wider variety of programmers who can develop innovative applications of code beyond the software engineering “cubicle.”

gsfisher (at) stanford (dot) edu

And our faculty advisor, Mehran Sahami.