After four years of leading the start-up and growth here at girls + data it is with deep gratitude, and of course, sadness, that we share that Kira Wetzel will be leaving her role as Executive Director effective June 1, 2021.
Kira is not only a strong leader who is passionate about teaching young women the role of data in a complex, digital world, but she is also a friend and mentor to many of us in the organization and beyond. To say we will miss her is an understatement. Fortunately for us, Kira is stepping onto the Board of Directors, continuing her focus on the strategic, long-term vision of our organization.
While it would be impossible to summarize all of Kira’s accomplishments at girls + data since 2017, a few of her key highlights include:
Founding girls + data, from concept to a non-profit 501(c)(3) with national operations. Building the organization from one volunteer to over 25 with many long-term committed volunteers—50% of them having a tenure between 1-2 years
Building partnerships for financial contributions and other gifts with key partners such as Tableau, Google Cloud, Thoughtspot, and the University of Wisconsin, that align with our vision of enabling the world to be data-informed
A commitment to developing a multi-program portfolio, offering safe in person, virtual, and asynchronous learning for over 900 students across the nation
Being a champion and ally for young women, her volunteer team, and partners by building connections to grow career, learning, and organizational growth opportunities
Over the last two and a half years, Rebecca Nock, Director of Curriculum and Event Operations, has worked side-by-side with Kira and will be stepping into the Executive Director Role to lead the organization starting June 1, 2021. Kira and Rebecca have been working together for the last several weeks on a smooth transition plan, which they
remain committed to until the end.
We strongly believe that Kira’s focus on building the Board of Directors and focusing on the strategic vision of the organization will pave the way for Rebecca Nock to lead and for the next generation of girls + data as a whole.
Thank you, Kira, for your dedication and commitment to our students and volunteers. We are forever grateful.