recruitHER seeks to positively impact the tech industry through facilitating companies’ access to more diverse talent. Through our consultative coaching and a careful matching process, recruitHER enables diverse candidates who are interested in or already pursuing careers in technology to better identify opportunities that match their skills and interests. Companies with diverse teams achieve improved business results including higher revenue, increased innovation, lower turnover, and better ROI.
MEET THE TEAM
Gina Helfrich, PhD: Co-Founder
Gina is the former Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center at Harvard University and earned her doctorate in philosophy and women’s studies from Emory University. She has been actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion for over 12 years. In 2014, Gina relocated to Austin to join the enterprise technology sector as a business analyst at a SaaS start-up, where she gained an inside look at the experience of women in tech. She is also founder of Feminist Hack, a community organization for people of all genders to work together towards a more women-friendly technology scene in Austin. Gina is a passionate advocate for women in male-dominated industries and specializes in addressing challenges facing women in technology and engineering.
Ashley Doyal: Co-Founder
Ashley is an HR & recruiting leader in the Austin tech community. She has spent the last 8 years recruiting and retaining diverse teams for a variety of technology and gaming companies, such as Electronic Arts, Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Media, and Pandora. She is a passionate and vocal advocate for diversity and accessibility in tech and was a founding member of Electronic Arts’ Diversity & Inclusion Guild. As a featured speaker, coach, and volunteer, Ashley has worked to celebrate and empower young women in STEM through partnerships with The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, GirlStart, GENAustin, BlackGirlsCode, and Women In Games International, among others.
Cordelia Vahadji: Recruiting Coordinator Cordelia Vahadji attended Smith College, majoring in biology and fine art. She started her career conducting biomedical research at laboratories at Smith, Yale, Princeton, the NIH, and Johns Hopkins. After working at the headquarters for the Association for Women in Science in DC, she became passionate about STEM diversity. While at AWIS, she worked to create novel programs and services to support women throughout their education and careers. Later, at Smith College, she supported undergraduate women in obtaining hands-on training in their fields. When she isn’t working for recruitHER, Cordelia is supporting K-12 STEM training through the BioBuilder Educational Foundation, a MIT-affiliated non-profit.
recruitHER is proud to effect change through our diversity recruiting and consulting services, but we know that our work is just one part of the larger solution to a lack of diversity in tech. We believe deeply in the importance of inspiring young people to pursue careers in STEM, creating opportunities for candidates from underrepresented groups to enter the tech industry, and supporting tech professionals from marginalized groups so we can retain more diverse leadership over time.
As part of this commitment, recruitHER is proud to introduce our Get Hired, Give Back program. For every candidate hired through recruitHER, we will donate $1,000 to organizations helping to shape a better future for our industry. Candidates can choose from the following list of nonprofit organizations we love:
BAVC is a community hub and resource for media makers in the Bay Area and across the country, serving over 7,500 freelancers, filmmakers, job-seekers, activists, and artists every year. BAVC provides access to media making technology, storytelling workshops, a diverse and engaged community of makers and producers, services and resources. BAVC advocates for those whose stories aren’t being told, and provides the resources for anyone to create and share, and amplify their stories and those of their communities. BAVC’s diverse, innovative programs lead the field in media training for youth and educators, technology and multimedia focused workforce development, visually-driven new media storytelling and audio-visual preservation.
BAVC has been a trusted community educator, collaborator, incubator, community builder and resource for the media arts world since 1976.
CODE2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latino/as. We currently accomplish this through four programs: our flagship Fellows Program, Technical Applicant Prep (TAP), the CODE2040 Residency, and the Partner Lab.
Girl’s Empowerment Network’s mission is to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood.
The GirlConnect Program’s goal is to address the challenges girls face in their daily lives by incorporating technology and 21st century skills into an engaging and interactive curriculum. Girls who engage with GirlConnect’s technology infused curriculum will collaborate, communicate and leave with new ideas, new technology skills and a positive sense of self. GirlConnect is a safe place for self-expression, exploration and learning. Girls are able to understand and use the technology presented in our curriculum in a safe, positive and productive way.
Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart aspires to be the national leader in designing and implementing innovative, high quality informal STEM education programs that inspire girls to transform our world.
Hack the Hood introduces low-income youth of color to careers in tech by training them to build websites for real small business in their own communities. We provide training, career coaching, job and internship referrals, and more to support young people as they get on a path to a tech-powered career they’re passionate about.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources and platforms for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of queer women (and our allies) in and around tech. Our members work to promote the leadership and visibility of women and LGBTQ people in technology, to recruit women and LGBTQ people into STEM and STEAM careers, and to inspire, challenge, and sustain one another as we build an inclusive, dynamic, and diverse tech industry.
Path Forward is a nonprofit organization on a mission to eliminate the bias faced by people who take time off from the paid workforce for caregiving responsibilities and to support gender equality in the workforce. Path Forward creates programs that empower people to return to the workforce after a career break and implement these programs at companies that want to help.
Women Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued. The organization has executed more than 3,000 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 50,000, and has a presence in 20 countries.
recruitHER is committed to empowering individuals from underrepresented and marginalized communities to achieve full participation and success within the tech industry. We strategically partner with advocacy organizations to ensure increased access and support for women, people of color, LGBTQIA, veteran, disabled, and other underrepresented tech professionals. Partner organizations receive $2,000 as a referral bonus when their job-seekers are hired through recruitHER within a year of registering with us.
Is your organization interested in becoming a partner? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org —we’d love to connect with you!
If you refer someone to us and they are hired through recruitHER within a year of registering with us, you’ll be eligible for a $1,000 bonus!
In order to receive credit for a referral:
1st: You must be registered as a recruitHER candidate through our candidate registration form — otherwise, we have no way to find you + deliver the bonus once your referred candidate is hired.
2nd: The person you’re referring must input your name in the referral section of the candidate registration form. You will be contacted about payment of the bonus 90 days after the date of the candidate’s hire.
(Note: Do not use the candidate form to sign someone else up for our service — this is a violation of our terms and means you’ll be ineligible for bonuses indefinitely. Direct them to the candidate registration form and follow the directions above.)