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The Phoenix chapter of Girls in Tech (GIT), a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.
Girls in Tech was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology and entrepreneurship.
Girls in Tech offers a variety of initiatives for women and girls to enhance their professional aspirations. Our programs include Catalyst Conference, Lady Pitch Night Competitions, GIT M (Mentorship Program), GIT Hackathons, Bootcamps, XChange, GIT Work, and Global Classroom.
Melissa Villegas Drake is a STEM teacher at Shadow Ridge High School in the Dysart Unified School District and is also a Co-Managing director for the Phoenix Chapter of Girls in Tech. Working as an engineer for fourteen years with the aerospace industry and semiconductor industry, she has enjoyed those experiences but she gets more satisfaction out of mentoring and teaching.
Melissa has served as National President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Being a member of this organization has made her a bigger advocate for students to obtain technical degrees and career opportunities with industries that believe in opportunities in tech.