AOL is excited to be one of the first companies to partner with the NY Department of Education for the "Women in Tech" initiative, a new program for female software engineering students. Spearheaded by Rachel Haot, the city's Chief Digital Officer, the program aims to connect female leaders at New York tech companies with middle school and high school girls from the city's 22 pilot computer science schools.

We kicked-off the initiative yesterday, as the AOL NY office hosted a group of 30 from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn. The field trip included an in-depth tour of the AOL studio and HuffPost Live set, followed by an interactive panel moderated by Susan Lyne, where the girls had an opportunity to hear from several women working across different business sectors of AOL.

We believe that events like the "Women in Tech" program help girls recognize the myriad pathways available in the technology field. Students enjoyed hearing from the panel of strong, trailblazing female tech leaders here at AOL including Huffington Post, while the school reiterated that it's valuable for girls to be able to see themselves in engineering and business roles of the speakers.

Panelists included:

Emily Glatzer- General Manager, Lifestyle Brands

Sammi Leibovitz- Creative Director, AOL.com and Lifestyle

Regina Bienstock- Head of Business Operations, Marketplace by ADTECH

Rebecca Searles- Social Media, HuffPost

Anna Dickson- Photography Director, HuffPost

Alexandra Berke- Engineer, HuffPost


Whiteboarding (topic: tech/coding):

Jennifer Wenner, Sr. Tech Manager, Software Engineering

Piya Ghosh, Software Engineer, Huffington Post Media Group


Studio Tour

Lead by Sylvia Nasiadko- Production Manager, AOL studios/HP Live