By Michele Lundhal

Strong-Bridge recently had the honor of supporting IGNITE at their annual fundraising Gala. If you’re not familiar with IGNITE — Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution —they’re a nonprofit that inspires girls to become future technology leaders and innovators. They introduce schoolgirls from underrepresented populations in Seattle to technology careers through their program, which includes discussions, job shadowing, workshops, mentoring, and field trips. To date, they’ve empowered over 30,000 young women in middle school and high school to pursue education and careers in STEM. That’s pretty impressive.

As a diverse company, Strong-Bridge has a unique passion for IGNITE’s purpose. It is also dear to me, as a woman who has established a successful career in the world of technology. It’s is a career path that has been challenging and rewarding, and one that I hope to encourage other young girls and women to pursue.

At the Gala, I was able to bring together other successful women in technology, both our clients and my colleagues at Strong-Bridge. Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft Chief Experience Officer and head of Microsoft Office, keynoted, with an emphasis on strong role models and positive reinforcement. She was raised to think anything is possible and how that belief with opportunity can open up amazing careers for women.

It was an inspiring evening. I hope for many more continued years of success, and as a firm, Strong-Bridge intends to remain active in the organization’s fundraising efforts.

If you’re curious about IGNITE, you can learn more on their website.

* Image courtesy of igniteworldwide.org 

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