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.
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.
Advocate for Women
in the Tech Industry,
Director of Engineering: Application Infrastructure, Women in Tech & Accessibility, LinkedIn
The Ola Initiative
Director of Eng and Ops
Sr Project Manager
Peipei Yu Pollman
Director of Engineering
Business Strategy and Operations
The Working Group
Founder & CEO,
Customer Success Manager,
Product Operations Manager,
Sales Systems Business Analyst,
Sr. User Experience Manager,
Director of People Operations,
Sr. Software Engineer,
Special Thanks to past WEST Team members...
Customer Success Executive,
Senior Customer Success Executive, Everwise
VP, Head of Health Sciences & Industry Verticals, Everwise
Viola D. Olayinka
Information Technology Manager,
Regional Sales Executive,