Kimberly Bryant

Founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is a biotechnology/engineering professional who has spent the last decade in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies.

A Memphis native, Ms. Bryant received her bachelor's of engineering degree from Vanderbilt University with a major in electrical engineering. Ms. Bryant founded Black Girls Code in 2011 to meet the needs of young women of color who are underrepresented in the currently exploding field of technology. The program focuses on introducing girls of color between the ages of 7-17 to the fields of digital technology and computer programming, with a focus on emerging entrepreneurial concepts.

Black Girls Code was selected from among 400-plus applicants for the prestigious Google R.I.S.E. (Roots in Science and Engineering) Award for 2012 and was a semifinalist in the Echoing Green Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program. The program has received national recognition via feature coverage on CNN, the Huffington Post, MadameNoire and Melissa Harris-Perry. Ms. Bryant will appear in an upcoming episode of SciGirls, a nationally syndicated PBS show that focuses on introducing girls to science.

Ms. Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project and the national board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. She received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area with Black Girls Code.

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