It is with a bittersweet heart that I write this letter. This fall, I am stepping down from INTech Camp leadership, and I will no longer serve as the Executive Director or as a Board Member of this great organization. To put it simply - it is time to pass the torch.
Seven years ago, I earned a grant to host our very first event at UNC Charlotte. I knew that no other organization was hosting technical events for Black middle school girls in Charlotte at the time. Charlotte fostered my love for technology, so I was excited at the thought of being able to provide this opportunity for girls who looked like me. Twenty-five middle school girls attended the event and built android apps that day. The energy from the scholars, volunteers, and the parents told me that we needed to continue offering these classes. Since then, we have reached 1,300 girls through 40 programs hosted in North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Canada and more.
Through our generous donors, grant awards, and companies who have sponsored us, INTech Camp for Girls has raised over $430,000 in revenue. We have been recognized nationally in outlets like Forbes, Essence, PBS, NBC News, Because of Them We Can, and The Charlotte Observer. We’re published in international academic proceedings, and many of our scholars have gone off to college to study Computer Science or related engineering disciplines. That is my dream being realized.
It is an exciting time at INTech, as we have made new strategic partnerships within the last year with corporations in various industries, and I know this will be pivotal to our growth and impact.
We are looking for someone who believes in our mission, is entrepreneurial, and is an enthusiastic leader who can hit the ground running and make an even more significant impact on Black and Latina girls who want to be in tech.
If you are interested in serving as our next Executive Director, you may find out more information on our website http://intechcamp.org/careers and apply if you would like to answer the call to serve.
I am at the point in my life and my career where I am ready for a change. Long ago, I realized that the best thing I can do as a leader is to get out of the way when I feel as though I have given all that I’ve got to something. To make INTech greater, we need someone with new ideas and fresh energy to take us to the next level.
I am at peace with my decision and was recently reminded that “there is beauty and hope in the opportunities that lay ahead. Too often, fear causes us to hold on too long when we should move toward the beauty of the next chapter”. I look forward to where the next leader takes INTech Camp for Girls. INTech will always be in my heart (and in my dissertation :).
Yours In Service,