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Building a more

Inclusive, Empowering, Equitable

tech ecosystem

Why?

Because the future of innovation depends on all of us.

57% of all college degrees are awarded to women...

...but only 2% are in computer science and tech disciplines.

57%
2%

“We can’t compete in the digital age if we leave half of the available talent pool sitting on the sidelines. It’s that simple.”

Judith Spitz she/her
Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech, former CIO at Verizon
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How?

We deliver innovative programs that break down barriers so women can break through in tech education and tech careers.

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Break Through Tech program participants sitting in the audience.

“...everyone belongs in tech no matter who you are... as long as you’re willing to keep on learning from your mistakes and asking for help.”

Chelsea Rice she/her
CUNY Student at Brooklyn College; Break Through Tech New York alum
25%
Only 25% of computing jobs are held by women – down from 32% in 1990 and unchanged since 2016

Source: Pew Research

Stories and Insights

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Chicago Story

Interested in CS? Curious about language? No more need to choose

Picking a college major can be hard. It used to be even harder for people who wanted to study both computer science and linguistics — but thanks to a new program at UIC, that's no longer the case.

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Chicago Story

Maximizing a minor

Choosing the right minor in college can have a major impact on your career. Find out what Ashma Pandya is already doing with her UIC minor in computer science — and how it will support her work down the road.

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Judith Spitz, Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech

Forbes 50 over 50

Judith Spitz, Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech, is named a Forbes: Woman over 50 who is leading the way in impact and innovation.

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Explore a Location

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Chicago

Chicago has a diverse and growing talent pool and a robust tech ecosystem.

Partnered with The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

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New York City

New York City is home to more than a half million college students and America’s largest metro economy.

Partnered with City University of New York (CUNY), Cornell Tech

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D.C. Metro

D.C. boasts a unique flavor of tech due to its proximity to federally funded research and development, venture capital funds, and policymakers.

Partnered with George Mason University, University of Maryland, College Park