NSDC Chapter – HerWILL

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HerWILL – Women Inspired in Life and Leadership

The NSDC Institutional Chapter at HerWILL was built with the aim to create a dynamic and engaging platform for underserved students in Bangladesh and the United States to learn and excel in data science.

HerWILL is a U.S. based nonprofit 501(c)(3) working on women’s empowerment with creating economic opportunities in STEM. HerWILL recognizes the barriers women face in pursuing their ambitions, including the lack of role models, mentorship opportunities, leadership trainings, healthcare, and the burdens of domestic duties. HerWILL aims to address these challenges by providing underrepresented youth with the necessary support and resources to rise and soar in their chosen fields. HerWILL’s commitment to diversity is unwavering, promoting an inclusive tech landscape where talent thrives without boundaries. The non-profit encourages women from all academic backgrounds to join the Data and AI revolution by offering basic to higher level customized workshops and project experiences. HerWILL acknowledges that Data Science and AI are among the fastest-growing fields, yet women’s representation in these areas remains dismally low. Their model is globally collaborative, creating opportunity pathways that connect the U.S. with countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan. It’s not just about filling seats; it’s about fulfilling potential.

Cross-cultural knowledge sharing:
Girls and women from diverse backgrounds engage in a rich exchange of lived experiences, perspectives, and challenges. This unique blend fosters an unparalleled learning environment, catalyzing innovation and growth. HerWill’s work specifically targets women and girls from underrepresented communities and grant them access to training in high demand fields. Diversity is not just seen HerWill’s audience but also throughout the organization.

Backed by Industry Leading Data Scientists
HerWILL’s leadership team comprises world-renowned data scientists and AI experts who voluntarily offer their time, mentorship, and guidance. They’re the compass leading participants to new horizons.

Experiential Learning
HerWill’s specialized workshops and opportunities for growth provide a foundation for undervalued women and girls to reach unimaginable heights. HerWill encourages collaboration, allowing for fresh perspectives, fueling creativity, and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

The chapter was founded in August 2023. Read on to learn more about upcoming activities, events, and opportunities brought to you by this Chapter! All are welcome to join this Chapter. To join an NSDC Chapter at another Institution (university or college), or to join a Regional Chapter (MidwestNortheastSouth, or West), visit the Chapter Central website.

HerWILL is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with an international office in Bangladesh

Female blogger working on her laptop at home

Chapter Activities & Projects

In 2023, the HerWILL NSDC Chapter led the Data Forge event. Review the event report here! Review upcoming activities and projects below.

HerWILL + Grow With Google Partnership
Thanks to a partnership with Google, HerWILL is now able to provide Google Career Certificate scholarships to people who can benefit most from this job training. Google Career Certificates provide people with access to in-demand jobs through rapid re-skilling without the need for a college degree or prior experience in the fields of:
– Cybersecurity
– Data Analytics
– Digital Marketing & E – Commerce
– IT Support
– Project Management
– UX Design

These certificates were developed and taught by Google employees, and are hands-on, practical, and rigorous. They can usually be completed in under six months part-time through a Coursera Curriculum. These certificates are self study, and are valued around $250! Completion of these certificates will also enable certificates to be shared to your LinkedIn and access to the Google Employer Consortium – employers that partner with Google Grow to hire certificate grads. This micro-scholarship is open to the following:
– High School Students (11th to 12th grade)
– Undergraduate, Graduate, or New Grad Student (Bootcamp/Self-Taught included)
– Entry Level Professional
– Mid-Career Professionals looking to upskill
– Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owners
– Anyone stuck at home and trying to re-skill

While these scholarships are sought after, they are limited. These scholarships will be distributed as fairly and as equitable as possible, with HerWILL prioritizing high-intent students who come from underrepresented backgrounds. 
Apply to receive this scholarship via the HerWILL website.

Worldwide Datathon Competition – February – April 2024
An engaging Datathon featuring real-world datasets from top universities. Participants compete with current and active research data, turning their theoretical knowledge into marketable skills, providing unique solutions to complex problems that will enhance both academic and industry research.
The HerWILL Datathon isn’t just an event; it’s a movement towards a more diverse, skilled, and just tech workforce. HerWILL’s past successes, including 500+ participants, 120 Universities, 50 internship placements, and $30,000 awarded in scholarships, mark only the beginning.
Register for the Datathon on the HerWILL website.

Awards Ceremony and Mini Data Conference – April 2024

Business people brainstorming ideas using a chart

Chapter Leadership

Farhana Hasan
Dr. Fatima Zahra
Raima Islam
Maisha Munir
Yasmina Al-Aboudy

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