Sarah Bird serves as the CEO of Moz, the world leader in Search Engine Optimization software. Prior to Moz, Sarah practiced law and traveled the world. Sarah regularly speaks about SEO, business models, entrepreneurship, women in tech, and fostering an inspiring company culture. She also serves on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association and Sitrion, a private company.
WHY DO YOU SUPPORT IGNITE?
I’m passionate about increasing the diversity of the tech pipeline. There is a widening chasm between the urgent need for qualified technologists and our ability to develop them. Also, the technology industry does not reflect the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that make up our communities. The overwhelming homogeneity of the tech pipeline is acute early on and becomes excruciating at executive levels. I share IGNITE’s belief that a person’s opportunity should not be limited by gender, skin color, religion, or socio-economic background.
Fostering a diverse and rich tech industry is a moral imperative. Access to technologies created by and for diverse perspectives will improve income equality and social justice. Access to technology is not optional. It is not a lifestyle. Technology fundamentally transforms education, access to capital and critical services, employment opportunities, human connections, health, and wellness.
IGNITE is doing something concrete today to change lives and shape a better future for all of us. These girls deserve our support. If we nurture their curious minds and strong spirits now, they will change the world for us.
WHAT ABOUT IGNITE INSPIRES YOU?
I’m excited to meet the technologists who are going to shape the future. Maybe someday I’ll work for one of them! Or maybe they will develop a life-saving drug. Imagine the impact these 34 thousand young women are going to have on the world! STEM careers offer women the opportunity to make their unique contribution to society while working in high paying roles, gaining confidence and in turn each one becoming a role model for the next generation. Without IGNITE, most of these girls would have no exposure to STEM careers. This program has a direct impact on how young women think about themselves and how they intend to shape their society. I consider it an honor to stand with them and say “You belong here. You matter. Please join us.”
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY ABOUT IGNITE?
Take any opportunity you can to work with and support IGNITE. I guarantee it will be a rewarding experience and will make a difference in the lives of these young women. One conversation can change the course of someone’s life. Be that catalyst for a young woman. You won’t regret it!