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 + Executive Director

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.