Interview: Robyn Cohen of Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech made a splash into the Los Angeles tech scene in December with a launch party and since has held hot events (co-ed so boys you're welcome too) around town for the Girls in Tech...and the people who love them.
Girls in Tech is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology. Created in February of 2007, ‘Girls in Tech’ (GIT) was founded by Adriana Gascoigne. GIT and was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology.
The Los Angeles chapter's Executive Managing Director is Robyn Cohen. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Robyn is a fashion and beauty maven with a passion for tech. Her main focus with the growth and launch of the LA chapter is to focus on the business development initiatives both online and offline for the organization. Robyn also is the big-cheese in LA for producing GIT events, organizing bloggers for the site and building awareness about Girls in Tech in Los Angeles.
LAist: Tell us about Girls in Tech.
Girls in Tech aims to offer a variety of resources and tools for women to supplement and further enhance their professional careers and aspirations in technology. Some of these resources include, educational workshops and lectures, networking functions, round table discussions, conferences, social engagements, and recruitment events.
When was the LA chapter created? What is your role and how did you become involved?
The LA Chapter was launched in September 2008. I met Adriana, the Founder, at Twiistup 4 last year. She was handing out Girls in Tech stickers and I asked her about it. I thought it was such a great concept. We kept in touch after and one day she asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested in heading up the LA chapter. I told her I would keep my eyes and ears open. Then she asked if I wanted to do it. I didn’t feel I fit the GIT description, but she felt I did, and the rest is history.