As those active in its burgeoning tech scene know, there are few cities doing more to cultivate a great community for women in tech than Washington, DC. Nearly forty percent of tech jobs in DC are held by women, and that figure’s on the rise–the number of women in tech jobs between 2013 and 2016 grew three times faster than the national average.
It’s no wonder that D.C. recently claimed the top spot in a ranking of the Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2018.
Acknowledging there’s still work to be done to champion women in this field, one standout women-led group in this effort is DCFemTech, a coalition of women leaders working to lower the barriers to entry for women in tech and cultivating a community of support. Earlier this month, this talented and thriving community of women was on display at the organization’s 4th annual DCFemTech Awards, where 54 DC-based women were recognized for their accomplishments in Code, Design and Data.
With a record-breaking 600 nominations–a nearly 60 percent increase over last year–we’re so proud to share that two Crowdskout women were among the award-winners: Tracy King and Taylor Poindexter!
Tracy (left) is a Front End Engineer at Crowdskout and a Lead for Women Who Code. She’s also a Co-founder of RecruitHer and active in the D.C. tech community. Taylor Poindexter (right) is a Back End Engineer at Crowdskout and the Co-founder of Black Code Collective. She’s also a proud UVA Alum and recently talked about her career and Crowdskout on The Workforce Show podcast.
Tracy was part of the team who built our newest app, Advocate, and she also led the project to launch a self-serve version of Crowdskout at the end of 2017. Taylor has been working on several key enhancements to the platform, including our forthcoming Campaigns feature, which will give users an even fuller view on the results of their outreach efforts.
While we were delighted that two of our tech team members were recognized, we weren’t surprised. Crowdskout’s engineering and product teams are comprised of nearly 50% women – incredibly talented individuals who make their mark each day.
Unlike other awards that recognize women in non-technical roles, the DCFemTech Awards focus exclusively on the D.C. region’s women engineers, designers and data scientists. Nominations were selected by a committee of more than 40 judges comprised of engineers, designers data scientists, and executives for each category and this year’s recipients were chosen based on each woman’s impact on the organization they work for, the complexity of the issue they addressed with code or design or data, and their work with the community, or open source contributions. The final awardees ranked in the top 20 percent of their respective categories.
Congratulations to all of the deserving women on our team who were nominated for The DCFemTech Awards this year!
Continued Recognition for the Crowdskout Team
We’re so proud of these ladies and even prouder that this is just the latest in recognition for the Crowdskout team. In the past nine months alone, we’ve been honored as a Techweek100 Rising Startup and The Best Tech Workplace for Diversity in the Timmy Awards while being named in DCInno’s 50 on Fire, Trending40’s Red Hot Companies, and 25 Startups to Watch by WBJ.
Additionally, Tracy King and Jenise Walters, a Back End Engineer at Crowdskout, were finalists at Capital One’s Women in Technology Demo Day; Taylor Poindexter was named to 40 New Power Women in D.C. Tech and Technologist of the Year by Technical.ly D.C.; and DCA Live named our CMO, Shana Glenzer to its Top CMOs in the D.C. Region for 2018.
Shana Glenzer is also the co-founder of DCFemTech.