Overheard

Shirin Salemnia on giving girls pathways to in-demand tech careers

By WorkingNation Editorial Team
September 25, 2019

Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia talks with us about how her programs are helping create awareness and pathways for girls to in-demand tech careers at Milken Global Conference 2019.

“Making sure girls have access is really important…it’s giving them awareness and options.”

Shirin is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an independent interactive media company that creates high quality innovative multi-platform immersive experiences that engage children and adults.

She is also the Founder of WhizGirls Academy where students engage in exciting projects that help them acquire skills in the areas of coding, entrepreneurship, healthy balanced lifestyles (fitness and eating) and more.

She is actively involved in Women in Gaming, an advisor to the LA Film School Video Game Dept, The Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls in Tech, Girl Scouts, and the White House Council of Women and Girls. She hosted the first Hackathon for Women and Girls in 2013 in collaboration with the White House Council of Women and Girls. And she recently hosted the Kids Hack for LA in collaboration with Mayor Garcetti, the White House, and will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation.

WorkingNation was on the ground at Milken Global Conference 2019 where some of the most powerful people in business, government, healthcare, and entertainment have gathered to discuss and debate how the world is being disrupted by economic and social change and what to do about it. The goal of the talk at the conference is how to drive shared prosperity.

While there, we documented all things future of work on Twitter at #WorkingNationOverheard and in interviews at our pop-up studio (watch our playlist below).

Read our article on the event here.

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