TechGirlz Leads SXSW EDU Online Panel on Surviving and Thriving Through a Pandemic


PHILADELPHIA, PA — Leaders from four nonprofit groups devoted to inspiring young women to pursue careers in technology and lead healthy, balanced lifestyles will explain how their organizations became stronger during the pandemic when they speak this March at SXSW EDU Online, the annual event that fosters innovation and learning within the education industry.

“Revelations from Our Pandemic Pivots” will feature representatives from TechGirlzPhilly Tech SistasBlack Girls Code and Girls on the Run.

“There is strength and wisdom in working to lift one another through difficult times,” said Amy Cliett, director of TechGirlz, a program of Creating IT Futures. “While TechGirlz learned plenty of lessons by managing our pandemic pivot, it is important for us, and others, to hear and learn from other organizations who faced similar challenges.”

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Cliett, who will anchor the panel discussion, will be joined by Isis Miller, community and events manager for Black Girls Code, Lauren Psimaris, director of development for Girls on the Run for Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties in Pennsylvania, and Ashley Turner, founder of Philly Tech Sistas.

Here is the session description for the highly coveted speaking slot at SXSW EDU:

For four groups that inspire young women to pursue tech careers and healthy, balanced lifestyles, the pandemic was more than an operational challenge. It was an existential crisis. How do you comply with COVID-19 lockdown and distancing protocols when direct, in-person interaction between students, instructors and mentors is the backbone of your organization’s mission? Join a panel of executives from TechGirlz, Black Girls Code, Tech Sistas and Girls on the Run who have some answers to share.

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“We are proud to share this virtual stage with organizations that not only faced similar challenges but also managed to not just survive, but thrive,” Cliett added. “The remarkable pivots and achievements of these four non-profits during a global pandemic, especially given limited resources, have produced lessons that can be applied to any organization, non-profit or for-profit, on how to creatively manage through a crisis.”

Information on attending SXSW EDU and the schedule of sessions can be found at

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