Dr.Tarika Barrett is the CEO of Girls Who Code an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating and equipping young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Prior to becoming CEO, Tarika served as Chief Operating Officer of the organization. She led the organization's free Summer Immersion Program and after-school Clubs Program, which has reached 450,000 girls around the world to date. Additionally, she managed the launch of international Programming, Alumni Programming, and managed the People & Culture team.
Tarika serves on the board of McGraw Hill, a leading learning science company creating world-class educational content and providing best-in-class digital platforms for learners and educators. She also sits on AT&T's Accelerator Advisory Board; and is the recipient of the New York University’s Steinhardt School Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
Previously, Tarika worked as the Chief Program Officer at iMentor, leading the organization’s programmatic efforts to build mentoring relationships that support students from low-income communities in graduating high school and succeeding in college. Prior to iMentor, she worked in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the New York City Department of Education overseeing options for students significantly off-track academically, as well as developing new schools models including the Academy for Software Engineering. Tarika’s previous experience includes serving as Deputy Network Leader of the Brooklyn-Staten Island Network of New Visions for Public Schools, designing and implementing research and program evaluations for New York University’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, teaching high school students, and working as a political organizer. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Tarika has an M.A. in Deaf Education from Columbia Teachers College and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from New York University.
Tarika lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Episode #1584 Dr.Tarika Barrett: Dr.Tarika Barrett on Anchoring in Joy
“In all of it, I find joy.”
Dr.Tarika Barrett spent her childhood growing up between Brooklyn and Kingston, Jamaica. It was during her formative years in Jamaica that she watched her mom launch the country’s first mentorship program; Unbeknownst that she’d too go on to lead one, Girls Who Code: A phenomenal non-profit that has reached over 450,000 young women.
Dr. Barrett’s gift is her exuberant joy, unwavering in the face of both beauty and adversity. We explore gratitude as the genesis of optimism and the strength we need to pursue our purpose. Intentionally present, she derives fulfillment from a unique well: Our stories. We talk about the power of sisterhood, connecting through vulnerability, and the stories that inspire her bravery.