Advancing women in tech.

Our Mission

Rewriting the Code is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on recruiting, retaining and advancing women in tech.

We address the alarmingly high quit rate among women majoring in computer science (CS) in college, where enrollment drops from 50% of women in the introductory computer science courses to only 18% of women graduating with a computer science major.

We’re building programs and partnerships seeking to effectively understand, implement and amplify best practices among companies and universities.

We seek to understand why women quit tech and how to intervene to retain them in engineering and other technical positions.

We're always looking for more great partners.

To all tech companies that are taking positive steps to recruit and retain women in technical roles, Rewriting the Code is your partner to help develop positive connections with computer science students and faculty. We are a reliable pipeline of committed, talented women — making it easier to meet your goal of a diverse, productive, happy workforce.

Please contact us for more information about working together.

Meet our Leaders

Kimberly Jenkins, PhD
Co-Founder + Chair of the Board

Kimberly currently serves as an active board member, angel investor and coach to several early stage companies in Durham/RTP and Silicon Valley. She is also cofounder of SOAR, a Google-funded initiative to help more promising female entrepreneurs build scalable businesses in the Triangle. For the past ten years, Kimberly has served as a visiting faculty member and mentor to students in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. She teaches innovation and entrepreneurship classes at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kimberly’s career in early stage tech companies includes executive positions at Microsoft where she created and ran the Education Division and NeXT where she ran third party software development with university developers. Following that, she founded and led two 501(c)(3) organizations based in Washington, DC focused on Internet policy issues. She recently served on the Duke University Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Board. Kimberly is a graduate of Duke University (BS 1976, PhD 1980). She currently lives and works in Durham.

Sue Harnett
Co-Founder + President

Sue is a proven company founder, entrepreneur and healthcare leader. Prior to Rewriting the Code, Sue founded, developed and successfully sold a novel e-commerce business in the collegiate and professional sports industry. Sue also created strategic vision and operational infrastructure for a multi-specialty physician organization within Duke University healthcare system, a nationally acclaimed academic health system.  She is an expert at recognizing the viability of business opportunities, testing the market to refine the proposed model and executing the go-to- market strategy. She brings a strong ability to create passionate teams, establish a focused and positive work culture and incentivize employees to her work with Rewriting the Code. Sue received her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Duke University in 1992 and an AB in Economics from Duke University in 1990, where she was also a full scholarship athlete and leading scorer on the women’s basketball team.

Meet the Team

Jade Barricelli
Director, Student and Corporate Engagement

Jade currently serves as the Director of Student and Corporate Engagement at Rewriting the Code. Jade leads the Rewriting the Code Fellow selection process, student educational programming and the Ambassador Program. Additionally, Jade interfaces with company recruiters to facilitate student opportunities for the summer internship.

Prior to Rewriting the Code, Jade worked in higher education for 10 years in several different capacities. Her most recent roll was working with computer science students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was charged with coaching students on career development topics as well as building relationships with employers to assist in creating internship and job opportunities for her students. Jade obtained her bachelors degree in psychology and masters in counseling and takes pride in being a first generation college student.

Owen Astrachan, Ph.D.
Faculty & Academic Representative

Owen Astrachan is Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke where he teaches undergraduate computer science courses and where he builds curricula and approaches to teaching intended for broad adoption and adaptation.

In 1997 he received an NSF Career award for introducing design patterns into undergraduate courses, in 2007 he was an inaugural recipient of the NSF/CISE Distinguished Education Fellow Award for emphasizing problem-oriented approaches to learning, and has been the PI for the NSF/College Board APCS Principles project since its inception. In 2016 he won the ACM Karl Kalstrom Outstanding Educator Award for broadening appeal of high school and college computer science courses.

He has received three teaching awards, including one while on sabbatical at the University of British Columbia. In 2002 he received Duke’s Richard K. Lublin award for “ability to engender genuine intellectual excitement, ability to engender curiosity, knowledge of field and ability to communicate that knowledge.” He enjoys thinking, running, collaborating, and pushing limits gently.

He received an AB degree in mathematics from Dartmouth, an MAT in teaching mathematics from Duke, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Duke.