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Beth Garriott

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Beth Garriott


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  • Women Enhancing Technology: Three Years of Impact

    By: Beth Garriott on Friday, October 28, 2016

    Girls share a laptop at Qcamp

    What would the world look like if girls were encouraged to be dreamers, tinkerers and makers? What if female students were truly supported, mentored and nurtured? What if women the world over had the same educational and professional opportunities as men?

    Through WeTech, we not only envision this world—we work to actively build it.

    In 2013, IIE and its consortium of private sector and NGO partners made a real commitment to creating an employee pipeline of girls and women into the technology sector. Launched as a commitment to action at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Women Enhancing Technology program (WeTech) is a set of innovative activities that provides training and builds networks for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) across the world. For the past three years, WeTech has opened up new life possibilities for young females, preparing them for and connecting them to STEM opportunities. The work is ongoing. But three years in, we pause to take stock of the tremendous impact WeTech has made thus far.


  • WeTech: Engineering the Future for Girls and Women since 2013

    By: Beth Garriott on Monday, September 28, 2015

    With the accelerating growth of engineering-related jobs globally and the predicted shortage of equipped employees, engaging more women is critical to both bridging the talent gap and providing companies with the diverse skills and perspectives necessary to thrive.


  • International Women’s Day: Making It Happen for Girls and Women in Tech

    By: Beth Garriott on Friday, March 6, 2015

    Today, women make up 12 percent of all computer science grads. Just three decades ago, they represented 37 percent. They’re half the workforce, but hold only a quarter of technical or computing jobs.


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About the Author

Beth is Senior Program Officer for IIE’s Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program in San Francisco. In this role, she leads sponsor engagement and program delivery for WeTech’s various activities supporting and encouraging girls and women in STEM fields. Beth previously worked on IIE’s TechWomen program and has spent time with various international development NGOs in Washington, DC, as well as lived and worked abroad in sub-Saharan African and Southeast Asia.



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