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Calling all girl geeks

I was so excited to be invited back to my alma mater, Stanford University, last month to speak to 50 high school girls who are learning how to code as part of a she++ summer course taught by Professor Steve Cooper.

It’s 2013, and there still aren’t enough schools or programs providing young Americans with an education in the core fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and nowhere are the numbers more stark than with young girls and minorities. There are roughly 14 million unemployed Americans, but there are 3 million STEM jobs sitting vacant, with more being added every day (we have many openings for engineers, developers, and designers at Hearsay Social).

Any way we can, we need to encourage our sisters, daughters, and young girls to take on the challenges of a STEM education and empower them with the self-confidence and self-esteem needed to stick with such rigorous training. She++ is a wonderful organization doing just that with the help of great mentors like Professor Cooper.
I was very impressed by the energy, creativity, and swift learning demonstrated by this remarkable group of young women–congratulations to each and every one of you. Keep up the great work and don’t stop believing in yourself. I hope you start great technology companies someday or come join us at Hearsay Social!

Clara Shih

A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007. Her latest book, The Social Business Imperative, is a Wall Street Journal-featured bestseller. She is a member of the Starbucks board of directors.

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