San Jose, CA
Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
Kimberly Bryant is convinced the next Mark Zuckerberg could be someone who looks like her.Â She started Black Girls Code in 2011 with $100,000 of her own savings after realizing her 12-year-old daughter was the only girl of color attending a technology summer camp at Stanford University. Bryant has had a 20 year career in the technology and bio tech engineering working for companies like Pfizer and DuPont. Black Girls Code teaches computer programming and entrepreneurial skills to girls of color, ages 6 to 17, hoping to train them to become tech leaders of the future. In just three years, the program has reached 3,000 girls through chapters in seven U.S. cities and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Eight additional chapters across the country are planned for 2014, with the goal of reaching 1 million girls by 2040.