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Vanessa Doake is a co-founder & COO of Code Like a Girl (alongside Ally Watson) a social enterprise driving change in the tech industry and inspiring a new generation of girls to pursue coding careers. A chameleon of sorts, she’s worked with organisations in the tech, legal, health, education and government sectors in human resources and business operations capacities.

Social justice and gender equality have been concurrent themes throughout her career and she draws upon these experiences to infuse presentations with both empathy and wit, inspiring those who hear her with confidence to take action and be a force for good while imploring organisations to do better when it comes to their most valuable asset – their people.

Vanessa’s past appearances include:

  • AWS International Women’s Day Event
  • Google’s Women Techmakers International Women’s Day Summit
  • Change Catalyst Tech Inclusion Conference
  • Women in Technology Australia Conference
  • Skillsoft’s Perspectives APAC Conference
  • Australian HR Institute Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Vanessa regularly speaks at schools and organisations, inspiring attendees to develop coding skills.

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At Amazon Web Services, we’ve had the privilege of having Vanessa join us as a panelist for two of our #WePowerTech events. She adds an incredibly valuable voice to any discussion about “Women in Tech”, particularly when addressing issues around future talent pipelines. Her perspectives are anchored in research/data and it is evident that she is in constant dialogue with industry leaders as well as the women and girls she strives to inspire. She is driven by passion and purpose to encourage girls from an early age to experiment with tech and consider careers in STEM fields. Given the current landscape, with declining female enrollments in Computer Science and the projected growth of jobs in the IT sector, Vanessa and the team at Code Like a Girl, are solving a very real and important issue. I wish them continued success and would love to see the IT industry get behind the outstanding work they do.

—Amazon Web Services

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