At Vettery, we’re in the business of making connections: primarily between employers and job-seekers, but also by creating opportunities for the most vibrant doers and thinkers to join new teams and get to work—together. And this ethos is ever-present in all of our initiatives in corporate social responsibility. We recognize there’s great change needed to build equity for all in the working world, opening more doors for more people.

We’re excited to kick things off by celebrating and promoting two organizations, Girls Who Code and Dress for Success. Through ongoing campaigns, we’ve hosted fundraising drives, lunch and learns, and, most recently, an office event hosted by Vettery’s female leadership team, aimed at empowering girls who are interested in growing their tech chops—and eventually, their tech careers.

In mid July, about 25 students from the Girls Who Code squad joined Vettery for panels, discussions, and a case study presentation to their peers. Ranging in age from middle school to high school, these girls are actively carving space as leaders and learning the tools it takes to not only be great technologists, but to shine and succeed in a world too often dominated by men. Working side by side with Vettery’s female engineers and directors—drumming up some real girl power—the students completed case studies that asked “how do we get more girls involved in coding?” and “how can we make studying less boring?”

“The girls had such enthusiasm for coding and such confidence in their abilities and decisions when it came to designing their case study projects—it was truly inspiring,” said Betsy Carroll, a Vettery engineer. “They were so excited about the idea of working at a place like Vettery one day, and their passion was an amazing reminder to all the women in the room to not be afraid of taking up space.”

Speaking with Vettery employees at a company-wide lunch and learn, Joi Gorden, CEO of Dress for Success, recently highlighted the intersectional work of empowering women through career training, coaching, and yes, clothing as well. “We’re not just giving her clothes, we’re giving her life,” she stated.

The organization’s end goal? Move women—particularly those leaving the carceral system—out of poverty and equip them with the tools needed to chart a meaningful career and a more empowered sense of self. It’s a goal Vettery aligns with completely, in building a better and more transparent ecosystem of work.

"For us, it’s critical that we’re not only making a difference in our industry but also in the communities in which we work,” says Brooke Henn, who runs Vettery’s philanthropic programs. “Through our corporate social responsibility initiatives we aim to provide individuals, no matter their circumstances, the opportunity to achieve a meaningful career.”

Vettery is committed to giving back in the working world, with a particular focus on empowering women and girls. Knowing there is still a long road ahead, we’re excited to continue our partnerships and invest more resources into our community—be that locally, here in New York City, or on a grander scale, between innovative employers and job-seekers who can’t wait to roll up their sleeves and do something new.