Invent Your Future Foundation is a California nonprofit corporation formed to advance education, instruct individuals for the purpose of improving or developing their capabilities and educate the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community.
We support educational training programs and scholarships for women and girls specifically geared to career opportunities and advancement; including building the pipeline of women in careers using math, science and technology.
These recent statistics tell the story:
- The median age of women in computing and mathematical occupations is 42. (U.S. Department of Labor, unpublished)
- Of the approximately 903,000 women holding computing and mathematical occupations in the U.S, about a quarter million are between the ages of 25 and 34, and another quarter million are between the ages of 35 and 44. (U.S. Department of Labor, unpublished)
- The average female senior software developer earns between $74,660 – $100,591 per year and has at least a bachelor’s degree. (Payscale.com)
- In 2008, technical women earned an average salary of $70,370 (Dice.com via The Facts)
- Of the 20 occupations with the highest median earnings for women, 5 are computing occupations: computer software engineers, computer and information systems managers, computer programmers, computer scientists and systems analysts, and network systems and data communications analysts. (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Women in the computing workforce are predominantly white; about 2% are African-American, 4% are Asian, and 1% are Latina. (By The Numbers)
- More than half (56%) of women in technology leave their employers at the mid-level point in their careers (10-20 years). Of the women who leave, 24% take a non-technical job in a different company; 22% become self-employed in a technical field; 20% take time out of the workforce; 17% take a government or non-profit technical job; 10% go to a start-up company; and 7% take a non-technical job within the same company. (The Athena Factor via The Facts)
- About 82% of technical women have a partner who works full time, compared with 37% of technical men. (Anita Borg Institute)
Foundation programs like these are made possible largely due to the generous support of corporate partners:
- Dare 2B Digital Conference on Careers for Young Women Using Computing Technologies – This program is designed to understand and remove barriers to girls’ participation in careers that leverage an education in Computer Science. Our goal is to serve as a resource to girls, parents and schools by working with industry to develop interactive curriculum modules that inspire students, especially girls, to study Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) subjects and careers.
- Invent Your Future Community Speaker Series – We host educational community enrichment events that bring thought leaders, authors and scientists to the community and students.
- Scholarships for women and girls – We aim to provide academic scholarships to support educational training programs and funding for women and girls specifically geared to career opportunities and advancement; including building the pipeline of women in careers using math, science and technology. We plan to award educational scholarships to support individuals at educational institutions.