Tracy Chou

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Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the startup world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism.

From 2011 to 2016 Tracy was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora, also as an early engineer there. Alongside her engineering career, Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech. In 2013, she helped to kick off the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. She is now a founding member of Project Include, focused on driving solutions in the space.

Tracy has been honored as Forbes 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35, and Fast Company Most Creative People in Business.

Tracy graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.  Tracy has spoken at SXSW, Google I/O, Techcrunch Disrupt, Venture Beat DevBeat, WIRED Business Conference, Bloomberg Tech Conference, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, among other events. 

LECTURE TOPICS

Tech Diversity: How did we get here and where do we go from here? 

Tracy describes how we got to where we are in terms of the lack of diversity in tech, why it matters, and ongoing efforts to address the issue. 

 

A story of sexism in Silicon Valley, and some advice for women entering the field

Tracy tells her own story of becoming a software engineer and shares some advice for women who want to enter and succeed in the field