The challenge: how to foster women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics positions

San Francisco—June 12, 2013— Sejal Hathi, co-founder of girltank (, and Kimberly Bryant, girltanker and founder of Black Girls CODE, are joining 100 brilliant innovators, over 11 hours, on one plane to change the world.

The goal of UnGrounded, British Airway’s innovation lab in the sky, is to connect industry leaders and creative minds for the purpose of tackling a challenge that affects the next generation of global innovators.

Hathi and Bryant are part of Team Altitude. Together with a veritable who’s who of visionaries and disruptors from around the world, Team Altitude will focus on one challenge—how to foster women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) positions.

This team will be tasked with designing a platform to inspire and connect this talent with civic and commercial opportunities and to accelerate innovation in communities around the world.

Sejal, a fresh graduate of Yale University, is an incoming medical student at Stanford University pursuing a career at the nexus of medicine, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012, Sejal founded both girltank and the nonprofit Girls Helping Girls to connect, train, and fund emerging female social entrepreneurs globally. She is also a founding partner at S2 Capital, an early-stage fund that invests equity and debt in young entrepreneurs in the developing world. Sejal has served as a USA Ambassador to Ashoka and as an advisor on youth development and women and girls to international and national organizations.

Kimberly was first introduced to computer programming as a freshman in Electrical Engineering. She remembers being excited to embark on a rich and rewarding career, but she also recalls feeling culturally isolated: few of her classmates looked like her. Much has changed since college, but there’s still a dearth of African-American women in science, technology, engineering and math professions, an absence that is likelier explained by lack of access and exposure to STEM topics than by lack of interest. This gap led Kimberly to launch Black Girls CODE in 2011 to provide pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

About girltank

girltank is a powerful global movement designed to connect, inspire, and fund women social entrepreneurs and bring their ventures to scale.

girltank envisions a world in which powerful girls and women with disruptive ideas – hailing from every region of the planet – are challenging the status quo, pushing forward transformative ideas and inspiring a new understanding of women as leaders, as entrepreneurs, as innovators.

girltank just won the $50K Mothers of Invention award at the Women in the World Summit in New York City. The award was sponsored by Toyota and Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

(Source Girltank)

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