The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization currently employing two staff and half a dozen contractors. Our ground-breaking work is only possible with the generous support of people like you.
What we've accomplished
Since our founding in early 2011, we've worked with the community on practical, high-impact programs that directly recruit and retain women in open tech/culture. Here's what we've accomplished so far:
- Created AdaCamp conference: AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open tech/culture that measurably increases women's commitment to open tech/culture. The first three were held in Melbourne, Australia, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
- Made conferences safer for everyone: Produced and encouraged adoption of policies to prevent harassment of women and people of all genders, now used by hundreds of conferences and organizations.
- Created the Ally Skills Workshop training program: Developed and taught the popular Ally Skills Workshop, which teaches men practical skills for supporting women in open tech/culture.
- Designed Impostor Syndrome training: Created videos and online exercises to fight Impostor Syndrome, a significant factor holding back women in open tech/culture.
- gave keynote speeches at conferences such as Wikimania, PyCon AU, and the world's first Ada Lovelace conference. Advocated for increasing diversity and welcoming women: Published editorials read by more than 100,000 people, served as sources for media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Verge, and Marie Claire, and
- Advised organizations on supporting women: Helped dozens of organizations to improve recruitment and retention of women, create a friendlier environment for women, and respond to high-profile incidents of sexism.
- Conducted surveys and research: Surveyed more than 2800 people about attitudes towards women in open tech/culture, among other projects.
With your support, we can expand our programs to include:
- Resources for event organizers: Help organizers reach out to female speakers, attract more women to your event, and broaden your audience in general.
- Support community codes of conduct: Advise and assist open tech/culture community leaders on creating and adopting codes of conduct for their communities.
- Research: Quantify trends in women's participation in open technology and understand the underlying causes.
- Gender diversity program design: Share best practices and avoid common pitfalls for gender diversity programs and initiatives.
If your organization is particularly interested in one of these programs and would like to discuss sponsoring or partnering with the Ada Initiative to work on it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.