eGirl Power has chosen to honor Rahul Kashyap, CEO of Awake Security, at the PIFA Awards Masquerade Virtual Gala for his activism in making STEM jobs more accessible to young girls.
eGirl Power is hosting the “PIFA Awards Masquerade Virtual Gala” in February 2021 to honor Rahul Kashyap, CEO of Awake Security and launch their 501c3 nonprofit organization’s newest programs that align and work towards advancing the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These programs include: Leadership & Mentorship, Cybersecurity & STEM, and Mi9 Agenda 2030, The Rise of Ms. Direction. All of eGirl Power’s program goals aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education opportunities for all, and to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
Mr. Rahul Kashyap, who recently joined Awake Security a few years ago, led his amazing Silicon Valley start-up company to a recent acquisition with Arista Networks. During this same time, Mr. Kashyap and his Silicon Valley start-up company, Awake Security, become a Program Partner with eGirl Power to support eGirl Power’s mission to educate and support young girls through leadership skills development and career exploration with a focus on cybersecurity and STEM.
For those in the cybersecurity field, the critical shortage of skilled workers and underrepresentation of females in the industry raises serious concerns. “We have a long road ahead to fully bridge the industry’s gender gap,” said Mr. Kashyap. “In partnering with eGirl Power, the Awake Security team is working to teach young girls about the different jobs available and help students navigate the next steps in their journeys towards cybersecurity careers.”
Educating girls at an early age about career possibilities in cybersecurity and STEM is critical because this is when young girls start to form lasting opinions about potential future careers. Recent surveys show that women represent just 11 to 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, and the number of females in senior leadership positions is even more dismal, at just one percent. “Investing in girls is key to narrowing the gender gap in cybersecurity, and helping to fill the critical talent shortage in the industry,” states Amy Mintz, Founder of eGirl Power. “We’re pleased to have the support of Mr. Rahul Kashyap and Awake Security to help drive our mission.”
As part of eGirl Power’s newest program launch, the 501c3 nonprofit organization is offering opportunities to young girls to earn “Covid-19 Relief Grants & Scholarships” through their “Learn, Earn & Return” distance learning platform for those who have experienced financial difficulties either directly or indirectly from the global pandemic.
Join eGirl Power in honoring Rahul Kashyap at the PIFA Awards Masquerade Virtual Gala 2021 when he will be receiving the PIFA Visionary Award for his dedication and commitment to addressing the future needs of the cybersecurity industry and making a difference with young girls who wish to pursue the cybersecurity and STEM field.
Contact eGirl Power to sponsor this event, join as a Program Partner, and learn about other opportunities for you and your company to help support eGirl Power’s mission to empower young girls and support education.