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JetBlue partners with Girls in Tech and supports the “Even More Girls – In Tech” initiative.  The program featured Oscar® nominee Ava DuVernay, director of Disney’s upcoming epic adventure, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

JetBlue partners with Girls in Tech 

“Empowering women to become entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley or to pursue tech careers within JetBlue starts by encouraging an interest in STEM as early as possible,” said Bonny Simi, president, JetBlue Technology Ventures. “Fueling the pipeline today through educational initiatives and grants to STEM programs will help to ensure even more women are present in the hangars and board rooms of the future and at the helm of the next wave of tech start-ups.”

Through this event held in Oakland, California with almost 50 girls between the ages of 12 – 15, the airline launches its “Even More Girls” career awareness programming.  This programming is designed to raise awareness and encourage girls to purse a variety of career options including finance, IT, and marketing. 

“It takes a village to support more girls and women entering the STEM field,” said Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and founder, Girls In Tech. “JetBlue has shown their commitment to leveling the playing field not only for girls and women, but also, people from marginalized regions for a long time and we’re thrilled to be partners in that mission.”

JetBlue partners with Girls in Tech

Prior to the release of “A Wrinkle in Time” on March 9, 2018, Ava DuVernay worked with JetBlue and Girls in Tech kick-off this tech empowerment initiative. During Women’s History Month (March 2018), a behind-the-scenes interview with the Oscar® nominated director and a trailer from the film will be available on all JetBlue seatback TVs. 

"Trailblazing isn't necessarily about achieving something that hasn't been done before. It's about focusing on your own path. If I can stay focused on what's important to me and to create my life as my own experience, then that's enough to blaze," said Ava DuVernay, director of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Kudos to JetBlue and their leadership for creating this program.

By Elizabeth Atkinson

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