ABOUT US

promotional event photo

COFFEE & CODED LLC was founded in 2018 as an educational event series for women interested in learning to code! We host monthly events in NYC to help our attendees build skills and community. We source local talent and partner with coworking and event spaces in the area to provide engaging classes and workshops to our attendees. Our team of diverse speakers, tech professionals, and instructors are dedicated to creating an inviting and collaborative learning environment. Join us at our next event! You bring your laptop, we bring the coffee!

OUR MISSION

“To inspire women to create, code, and challenge assumptions.”

MEET OUR FOUNDER

headshot of Maya Brooks-Founder

Maya Brooks

A LETTER FROM MAYA:

I never thought tech was for me.

I graduated NYU in 2015 with a clear trajectory toward business and finance, where I spent most of my professional career. Yet, I couldn’t shake my entrepreneurial spirit, passion for creative ideas and solutions, and craving for learning new things. When I decided to take one of my musings more seriously and research the process of building a mobile application, I had no idea where to start. So, I decided it was time to invest in myself and learn more about web and mobile app development. After almost a year of minimal sleep, late night coding sessions, and squeezing in classes before and after my fulltime job, I had gained skills in six computer languages and databases, completed several client projects, and began teaching courses at General Assembly, my coding alma mater. The passion had set in and I was addicted to the power of creating.

The resources available to me as I was growing my skillset as a developer were plentiful. I made deep connections with my mentors, teachers, and classmates and their support was overflowing. However, one bothersome fact remained obvious, the further I embarked on the developer track, the less women I saw seated next to me. I saw even less in teaching positions.

I believe that a small ripple can lead to big change. I started COFFEE & CODED not only to expose more women and girls to a career path that is accessible to them, but also to provide a model for female leadership in tech. We are proud to source our incredible guest instructors and speakers from the local NYC community, many of which are entrepreneurs themselves and dedicated to inspiring positive change. Through COFFEE & CODED, I hope to do my part in advancing women in the technology space. Our vision includes not only building skills, but building a community. It’s my goal to let them know that they deserve to be in the room, because they’ve earned it.

We’re thrilled to have you along on our journey. Thank you for your support.

OUR TEAM

Maya Brooks

Founder/CEO

Andy Ng

Strategic Advisor

Amber Indyk

Marketing Advisor

Lilliana Alvarez

Event Coordinator

Claudia Dimuro

Lead Content Writer

PAST SPEAKERS

Ashby Vose

Community Manager at Dia & Co.

Founder of Ashby's Happy Bags

Regine Gilbert

Sr. UX Designer

Founder of The Gilbert Group

Soyo Awosika-Olumo

Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Tara Robinson

Founder of TracksRacks Tech

Kate Stamas

Software Engineer at American Express

Andy Ng

Program Manager at SYPartners

Melissa Pallay

Senior Product Manager at 1stdibs.com

Janice Omadeke

CEO/Founder of The Mentor Method

Sophia Dalce

Staffing Services Associate at Google

 
 

The mission of COFFEE & CODED is to provide a supportive learning environment for women and girls. All people regardless of sex or gender are welcome to our events. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.