Girls in Tech, a global non-profit bringing the world together through education and experiences, and Guidewire Software, Inc., the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced the expansion of their work together to raise awareness about inclusivity and putting an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups. In addition, Laura Drabik, chief evangelist, Guidewire Software, has joined Girls in Tech’s Board of Directors.
Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the gender gap in tech. The organization has more than 60,000 members in 50+ chapters globally and is committed to building the diverse and inclusive tech workforce the world needs.
Laura Drabik joins Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and chief executive officer, The ActOne Group, and Candi Castleberry Singleton, vice president, Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement, Twitter, as the newest Girls in Tech Board members.
As chief evangelist at Guidewire, Drabik is a key spokeswoman for Guidewire in the marketplace. She keeps her finger on the pulse of insurance industry disruption to coach insurers on ways to innovate their business and achieve a competitive advantage. An experienced executive, presenter, and product strategist, Drabik brings technological ideas from the field to life. She also inspires the next generation’s passion for insurance by advising insurtechs, organizing and judging community hackathons, and mentoring students in the community.
“Girls in Tech relies on our extremely accomplished board members to help the organization chart a course that empowers women to be successful in their passions and careers,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and chief executive officer, Girls in Tech. “We are grateful to our new board members for being so committed to the Girls in Tech mission of closing the gender gap in STEM.”
“I am personally honored to join Girls in Tech’s board as the goals of the organization closely align with my own ideals and work,” said Laura Drabik, chief evangelist, Guidewire Software. “Guidewire is dedicated to inclusion and is looking forward to collaborating with Girls in Tech to help nurture the female leaders of tomorrow.”
Guidewire participated in the Girls in Tech Conference, a one-day virtual event where participants gathered to find community, sharpen their skills, and learn how to thrive in tech, on September 9, 2020. Drabik presented a session titled, “Confidence at Her Core - Achieving Success in Silicon Valley and Beyond.”
Gascoigne is scheduled to speak at Guidewire’s Connections Reimagined, the company’s annual customer conference that will be a virtual series this year.
Girls in Tech works to erase the gender gap in tech. Today, every industry is a tech industry, with a need for people of all skills and backgrounds. It offers education and experiences to help people discover their unique superpower and hone it. It aims to see every woman accepted, confident, and valued in tech—just as they are.
Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. It combines digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. As of the end of its fiscal year 2019, more than 380 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire. As a partner to its customers, it continually evolve to enable their success. Guidewire is proud of our unparalleled implementation track record, with 1,000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry.
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