Girls Who Code and Raytheon Technologies Launch Pilot Leadership Academy for STEM College Students

The new program supports 100+ students nationwide to build technical and professional skills in an effort to diversify future talent pipelines

ARLINGTON, Va. AND NEW YORK, August 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Technologies is partnering with Girls Who Code (GWC) to launch the GWC Leadership Academy, a semester-long program for over 100 American college students. Program participants will join GWC advisors and Raytheon Technologies mentors to build their leadership, technical and professional skills while growing their network of peers studying STEM fields.

The program, which targets STEM students who will soon enter the workforce, will launch on August 30, 2022. The Leadership Academy aims to provide students from historically underrepresented groups with increased exposure to technology careers by empowering them with a supportive peer community and professional development opportunities. Students in the Leadership Academy come from more than 80 colleges across the US and approximately 90% identify as Black, Latino, Indigenous, or first-generation college students.

“We are incredibly proud to be the inaugural partner for the Girls Who Code Leadership Academy, helping to empower more students to explore and ultimately thrive in STEM-related roles,” said. Campisi wins, senior vice president of Enterprise Services and chief digital officer for Raytheon Technologies. “Building on our successful collaboration, this new program will continue to identify new ways to close the gender gap and will be a vital part of how we together transform the future of our talent pipeline.”

“At Girls Who Code, we understand that to prepare our students for the workforce; we must not only equip them with the resources they need to build on their technical skills. To help them to thrive, we also need hands-on engagement that will teach them the basics of growing their networks through leadership,” said Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “We are very pleased to be working closely with Raytheon Technologies on this pilot program and are excited about the opportunity to continue to provide students with the tools and confidence they need to make a difference.”

This four-month pilot program will include small group meetings – designed to provide opportunities for shared learning, career mentoring and community building – as well as a Give Back Project. Participants will receive guidance from Raytheon Technologies peers and mentors as they plan, manage and execute community service projects. Volunteers from the company will also participate in speed networking events and technical interview preparation sessions with students.

Raytheon Technologies’ partnership with GWC is part of the company’s Connect Up initiative, which supports building a more diverse technology workforce by improving STEM education opportunities for women and students of color. Programs such as the Leadership Academy have the potential to help fill current and future tech talent shortages with young leaders who are well-equipped with the skills to thrive in all industries. Raytheon Technologies has partnered with Girls Who Code since 2018.


For Raytheon Technologies

Rachel Perlmutter | [email protected]

For girls who code

Poonam Mantha | [email protected]

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion program, After School Clubs, College Loops program and New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached 300,000 girls worldwide. To join the movement or learn more, visit

About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services to commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense – the company provides solutions that push boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics and quantum. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the aerospace businesses of United Technologies Corporation, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

SOURCE Raytheon Technologies

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