About Women Entering & Staying in Tech

In 2015 a few Silicon Valley companies came up with the idea for a cross company mentorship program for women in tech, to help women navigate their careers while broadening their network. Although the feedback from participants was positive, there wasn't a scalable model for continuing the program at the time so it was shelved. However, in 2016, Heidi Williams still couldn't shake the idea that there was real value in mentorship for women, especially mid-career women who are leaving tech at twice the rate of men. While many programs are aimed at getting women into tech, WEST hopes to help retain and develop the women who are already here, helping them become our next leaders and role models.

WEST was reborn in August 2016 in partnership with Everwise and led by the efforts of a phenomenal group of volunteers from across the industry. Since the first cohort began in November 2016 we are happy to report serving over 400 participants across 80+ companies with a 90+% satisfaction rate.

If you'd like to join as a mentor, mentee, or corporate sponsor we'd love your help to create and sustain diverse and inclusive environments in tech. 

 


 Everwise logo - a social learning platform that powers WEST

 

WEST has partnered with Everwise to deliver this mentoring experience. With Everwise, participants have access to a social learning platform that connects them with content and community. Mentors and mentees also have an Experience Manager, who serves as an on-demand guide for participants working through their journey.


 

Our Advisors

 Karen Catlin

Karen Catlin

Advocate for Women
in the Tech Industry,
Author

 Sarah Clatterbuck

Sarah Clatterbuck

Director of Engineering: Application Infrastructure, Women in Tech & Accessibility, LinkedIn

 Elen Awalom

Elen Awalom

Founder,
The Ola Initiative
Director of Eng and Ops
Stealth Startup

 
 Rhonda Boyd
 

Rhonda Boyd

Sr Project Manager
Semantec

 Peipei Yu Pollman
 

Peipei Yu Pollman

Director of Engineering
Business Strategy and Operations
Box

 

The Working Group

 Heidi Williams

Heidi Williams

Founder,
WEST

 Saxonny Rich

Saxonny Rich

Customer Success Executive,
Everwise

 Manasa Battula

Manasa Battula

Product Operations Manager,
Twilio

 
 Renu Asuti

Renu Asuti

Sales Systems Business Analyst,
Twilio

 Cheriana Griggs

Chériana Griggs

Sr. User Experience Manager,
GoDaddy

 Liz Kosinski

Liz Kosinski

Director of People Operations,
Sift Science

 
 Karen Ko
 Ester Bogod
 Victoria Hu

Karen Ko

Office Manager,
Foursquare

Ester Bogod

Sr. Software Engineer,
Mix Tech

Victoria Hu

Product Analytics,
Twilio

 
 Lida Tohidi

Lida Tohidi

Marketing Consultant,
Pidari Consultancy

 Eileen Grimes

Eileen Grimes

Information Technology Manager,
TMNA Services

 Midia Kazzaz

Midia Kazzaz

Regional Sales Executive,
UnitedHealth Group


Special Thanks to past WEST Team members...

 

Han Hong

Senior Customer Success Executive, Everwise

Colman Lydon

VP, Head of Health Sciences & Industry Verticals, Everwise

Viola D. Olayinka

Product Operations,
Twilio

 

Hila Shemer

Product Manager,
Gusto

Micah Bennett

UX Designer,
DesignMap