Melissa Drake with Girls in Tech E21
The Phoenix chapter of Girls in Tech (GIT), a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.
Girls in Tech was born out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology and entrepreneurship.
Girls in Tech offers a variety of initiatives for women and girls to enhance their professional aspirations. Our programs include Catalyst Conference, Lady Pitch Night Competitions, GIT M (Mentorship Program), GIT Hackathons, Bootcamps, XChange, GIT Work, and Global Classroom.
Melissa Villegas Drake is a STEM teacher at Shadow Ridge High School in the Dysart Unified School District and is also a Co-Managing director for the Phoenix Chapter of Girls in Tech. Working as an engineer for fourteen years with the aerospace industry and semiconductor industry, she has enjoyed those experiences but she gets more satisfaction out of mentoring and teaching.
Melissa has served as National President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Being a member of this organization has made her a bigger advocate for students to obtain technical degrees and career opportunities with industries that believe in opportunities in tech.
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Jacqueline Destremps is a creative marketing strategist and founded Another Hand Advantage, LLC in 2014 to help community minded small business owners and nonprofit professionals move forward more confidently with their marketing strategy. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology, she has spent her professional career working in both the nonprofit and for-profit sector.
She now enjoys being self-employed and the flexibility it provides to allow more time to volunteer, serve on nonprofit boards, choose pro-bono projects, run 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun (which she co-founded in 2014) and travel the world. Jacqueline believes in creating connections between businesses and nonprofits in the community to stimulate growth and collaboration.