“Girls Who Code:” Cybersecurity Specialist Speaks at Skeptics

Posted: January 26, 2017

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology-related careers. On January 31, the organization’s director of education, Emily Reid, visited the Society of Skeptics to talk about how Girls Who Code is inspiring and equipping high school girls to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

To watch a video of Ms. Reid's presentation, click "play" below.

Ms. Reid earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science at Tufts University and began her career as a cybersecurity specialist in a heavily male-dominated field. After working for a few years, she earned her master’s in computer science at Columbia University and decided to try teaching as her next career move.

In 2014, Ms. Reid began working with Girls Who Code as a summer program instructor and was so inspired by the experience of helping high school girls gain confidence in their technological ability that she stayed on with the organization. In her current role, she is part of Girls Who Code’s “Education, Strategy & Innovation” team. For more information on the organization, visit

The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.

Last Updated: February 21, 2017