Corinne Warnshuis is a passionate women’s empowerment advocate and believes that community-centered movements have the power to change the world.

In 2014, she became the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, a national nonprofit that creates welcoming, supportive opportunities for women and non-binary adults to learn software development skills. Under her leadership, GDI has grown from a small grassroots startup organization to a thriving national movement with more than 110,000 members participating in 60+ communities across the country — from Burlington, VT to Fargo, ND and from New York City to Los Angeles, CA.

Corinne has spoken at the White House, and given keynote addresses at technology conferences like Dreamforce, Code Conf, Node+JS Interactive and RedHat Summit. She’s shared the stage with Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce, who honored her with the company’s first-ever Core Values Award.

Prior to joining GDI, Corinne helped produce large-scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week. In her events role, Corinne focused on connecting and growing relationships within the respective local tech communities of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Brooklyn, specifically promoting diversity through organizing events like the Diversity/In Tech conference in Brooklyn and the Women/In Tech conference in Baltimore.

She began her career at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR and PBS affiliate, where for two years, she worked in the newsroom and in community relations. Corinne has also written freelance for various publications, including Flying Kite Media and Rad Girls.

Corinne is a first-generation college graduate, with a degree in Sociology (minor: Film & Digital Media) from the University of California – Santa Cruz. Upon graduation, Corinne moved to Philadelphia. There, she’s been recognized as “Connector of the Year” by the Rad Awards, and as an upcoming “Keeper to Watch” by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. She is the recipient of the Valentine Foundation’s “Visionary Leader Award,” and in 2016, she completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.