For Women’s History Month I will be sharing the stories that define and provide examples of women empowerment, uplifting stories of personal triumph and businesses that are inspiring and are making a difference for women. Women’s History Month is a declared month each year that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
I want to introduce you to Sabrina M. Tucker Barrett, Co-Founder of Girls For Technology, Inc.
Mrs. Sabrina M. Tucker Barrett is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Girls For Technology, Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit organization focused on leveling the playing field in the STEM industry for underprivileged populations. Due to her tireless efforts to serve others, Sabrina has received numerous professional accolades including being acknowledged by the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women & Girls in recognition of her work on Inclusiveness in STEM Education for Youth of Color. Mrs. Sabrina M. Tucker-Barrett’s passion is dedicated to the advancement of youth and young adults to become the country’s next generation of industry leaders. To learn more about Sabrina and her work, visit http://www.girlsfortechnology.org
Here is HERstory:
Advancement. Innovation. Opportunity. Sabrina M. Tucker-Barrett is one who embodies delivering servant-leadership for change. Hailing from New London, CT, Mrs. Tucker-Barrett is the Co-Founder and President of Girls For Technology, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping the next generation of historically disadvantaged populations to make a difference in the STEM arena. Having over a decade of public and private sector work and leadership experience plus a B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Charter Oak State College, Mrs. Tucker-Barrett navigated the trenches of being both an African-American and a woman in corporate America. Her experiences taught her what was lacking and inspired her to be forward-thinking in her approach to help others navigate the professional realm. Due to her tireless efforts to serve others, Sabrina has received numerous professional accolades including being acknowledged by the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women & Girls in recognition of her work on Inclusiveness in STEM Education for Youth of Color, and given honors by The Networks Journals 40 Under 40, 100 Women of Color, Connecticut Entrepreneurs and the Capital Community College – Barack Obama Awards. In addition to serving her community full-time through Girls of Technology, Inc. Barrett currently serves on the Board of Directors of LAUNCH formerly known as Innovation Places, and the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Women & Information Technology- Connecticut Chapter.
Her business is Girls For Technology, Inc. a non-profit organization focused on leveling the playing field in STEM industry for girls in underprivileged populations.
What does women empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment means a world where all women have access, resources, and a roadmap to success. Empowerment can be defined in many different ways. When we allow women the ability to define what success looks like to them individually on their own terms, that’s true empowerment to me.
What advice or words of inspiration would you like to share with someone?
Words of advice, are first and foremost never ever give up. Strive to be the very best you! Don’t limit yourself, every experience we may go through in life use it as a stepping stone for growth. We as black women have innately been known for being overcomers and triumphant even when fighting the status quo.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I envision my legacy to be known for my tenacity, hardworking and forward-thinking ideas. I hope that my legacy leaves a deep impression on the world and that my children will pick up the torch and continue to carry it out for future generations.
What inspires you?
What inspires me is my twins, to know that everything I do is to make a better world for them and be an inspiration for girls and women around the world. What also inspires me is my own perseverance and my ability to overcome mighty challenges and obstacles and no matter what life has thrown at me I’ve been able to pick myself up and move forward to my dreams, that’s what inspires me.
What obstacles have you overcome or hurdles did you personally face and how did you overcome them?
I’ve experienced many challenges in life, all of which I’ve embraced and made me a better person today. However, one of my biggest challenges was shortly after having my twins I endured back-to-back strokes. I was quite young at the time, and to this day doctors are not sure how and why it happened. I had to learn how to walk and talk again, yet in the midst of it all, I never lost hope and was steadfast in speaking life over myself. God never puts more on us than we can bear.
Why did you choose entrepreneurship?
As a result of her own personal experiences of being an women of color working in corporate America, and her desire to advocate for change in her community for marginalized girls and young women, she is committed to fulfilling her passion and life mission- to raise awareness and level the playing field by using STEM as a medium.
What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your business and personally?
My goal for Girls For Technology, Inc is to get the organization to a $3-5 million organization within the next 2 years. I believe once the organization is able to scale to new heights and I will be able to reclaim some of my time to launch other ventures such as some digital assets I’d like to create.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
My biggest mentors since day one are my mother and father. They’ve championed me and have not only been my biggest advocates, but they’ve also mentored me through the challenges of life, family, and business. My father, may he rest in peace was the owner and operator of a black-owned heavy highway construction business. I grew up as a young child in the business and I also saw the many challenges he faced and I always admired his tenacity.