GET Cities Catalyzes a Community-Led Future for Tech Equity

Although GET Cities as an initiative is shifting out of the spotlight, the mission of expanding the power and influence of historically excluded people in technology fiercely remains and grows with our partners and the newly strengthened ecosystem itself.

Mentorship Learning Lab: Strengthening Chicago’s Mentorship Ecosystem Through Collaboration and Peer-to-Peer Learning

Mentorship Learning Lab (MLL) is an initiative within GET Cities’ Tech Equity Network (TEN) — an alliance of Chicago organizations that create and amplify city-wide opportunities to set a course toward a more inclusive tech workforce.


Unmasking Discrimination: Countering Disinformation and Nurturing Understanding in the Fight for Trans Rights, Part 2

This essay is the second in a two-part series on the troubling increase in anti-trans laws being introduced and passed across the country. Read Part 1 here. Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke a profound truth in her speech to the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington in 1971…

Unmasking Discrimination: Confronting Anti-Trans Legislation and Its Consequences, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two-part series examining the current state of trans rights and how it impacts our work and society at large. In a troubling turn of events, a wave of fear-based legislation is sweeping across the United States, targeting and endangering the rights of the transgender.


Fostering Equity in Technology: Addressing Intersectionality and Retention for Marginalized People in Tech With Rose Afriyie

Research and innovation hold the potential to drive societal progress and create a better world. The tech industry’s documented barriers to access and equity for marginalized people — particularly those who identify as women, trans, nonbinary, Black, Latina/e, Indigenous, and/or people of color — hinder their progress and limit their.

Why DEI Initiatives Need Transformative Tech Leadership

Leslie Lynn Smith, Forbes Council Member This piece was originally published as a Forbes Technology Council, Member Post Virtually

Identity-Based Labels: Are They Helpful or Harmful?

Much of our work here at GET Cities relies heavily upon the use of identity-based labels. In fact, those labels are stated clearly in our mission statement — we aim to accelerate the representation and leadership of women, trans, and non-binary

Why Chicago Seed Founders Need Support Now

Any entrepreneur can tell you that building a business from the ground up is no small feat. Although many people may possess the desire and drive to do the substantial work required to launch a new company,