uCodeGirl is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to inspire, engage, and equip young girls in the Fargo-Moorhead community with leadership traits, computational thinking skills, and entrepreneurial mindsets.
uCodeGirl strives to bridge the gender gap in technology so that young girls can confidently pursue 21st century opportunities.
By building confidence, enhancing skills, and tapping into curiosity, uCodeGirl helps young girls chart pathways to technology careers. With various age-appropriate enrichment programs and STEM mentorship initiatives, uCodeGirl makes technology learning accessible, relevant and fun for girls ages 10 to 18.
We are here to re-write that story.
uCodeGirl is a year-round enrichment program with a vision to incubate talent, unlock potential, and increase access to participation in the technology industry.
Girls are curious, creative and capable powerhouses. When they are confident in their abilities and are prepared with knowledge and skills they need, they can become leaders in whatever fields they choose.
Bethlehem Gronneberg is a seasoned Software Engineer, an inspirational speaker, an author, and a social entrepreneur with a vision to exponentially expand the inclusion of diverse voices in the technology workforce. By providing opportunities and exposure to technical skills, entrepreneurial mindset and practical confidence-building experiences for teen girls, Bethlehem strives to be a global agent of change that fosters young women's affinity to the world of computational design thinking.
Referred to as the "unlikely STEMinist" by the Huffington Post article, Gronneberg is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of uCodeGirl, a non-profit designed to inspire, engage and equip teen girls so that they can confidently choose to forge a pathway to technology careers and engineer their world.
Created to intentionally rhyme with the phrase, “You go, girl!”, uCodeGirl is committed to embodying inspiration and empowerment. Through year-round programming, Bethlehem explains her vision of uCodeGirl as follows:
"We want to say to a young girl, ‘We will support and encourage you with mentorship. We will teach and guide you in acquiring technical skills. We will build a village around you and stand behind you through tutoring as you explore your potential and create your best self,’ so that the future generation is empowered with the skills and confidence they need to successfully navigate and actively participate in our increasingly digitally-driven world.”
At the core of uCodeGirl is access to skills and opportunities. At uCodeGirl, we not only teach technical skills, but we also build a community of like-minded peers. We invite young girls to come as they are and provide them with visible and accessible female mentors, enabling them to create solutions to real-world problems and engineer their world. Bethlehem’s call to action? "Join us to inspire and empower many more young women."
A Bachelor of Science degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in Statistics and Computer Science launched Bethlehem’s tech career as the first webmaster for United Nations - Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA). After 20+ years in the software industry as Software Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer, Software Engineering Manager and a masters degree in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University, Bethlehem has become a social entrepreneur - an advocate for women in technology.
Ms. Gronneberg is the recipient of the prestigious Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. As a Bush Fellow, she is challenged to think big and to think different. Bethlehem is committed to bringing the real-world experience of software development to classrooms as a Computer Science instructor.
Bethlehem has served on various councils and boards including the Fargo Chapter of the International Women in Technology. Bethlehem was named the 2018 YWCA Woman of the Year in Science and Technology. The 2018 Exceptional Women Leaders by Women Economic Forum and a finalist for the 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Leaders Award. Bethlehem is committed to a world where the people who create and build technology products and services mirror the people and societies for which they create and build. Ms. Gronneberg has spoken at numerous occasions on the topics of digital literacy and the inclusion of women in technology, nationally and internationally at conferences, summits and symposiums.
As President of Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), Bree Langemo leads the national strategy for partnership development. As Dean of Business, Public Service & Social Sciences at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Bree helped coordinate the roll-out of the Ice House as a required student success course with extraordinary results. This inspired the development of ELI’s newest product, the Ice House Student Success Program, a student success course that inspires and engages students using the entrepreneurial mindset to teach the perseverance and determination needed to succeed in school and in life.
Sandi has been in the technology industry for almost 20 years working in startup software companies, national technology consulting firms, and Microsoft. Today, as the Site Leader for Microsoft, Sandi and her team lead the Fargo campus, which includes working on initiatives to drive growth, carrying out site operations, engaging with customers & partners, developing employee culture & moral, supporting recruitment efforts across business groups, and running the campus’s philanthropic and STEM programs. Sandi has a Master’s in Business and is currently working on her Master’s in Leadership. Sandi is a true believer that great things happen when people work together to achieve a common goal.
Dr. Nancy Hafkin has been working to promote information technology in Africa and other developing areas, with a particular emphasis on gender, for four decades. She was Chief of Research in the Women and Development Program at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia— the first international program of its kind in the world. The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park (UK) features a poster of Nancy and her work in its new Women in Computing Gallery that aims to inspire more girls to take up computing as a career.
Carol is a designated Super Lawyer in the practice areas of Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and she received the 2015 Nationally Ranked Top 10 North Dakota Attorney Award presented by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. She is also involved with the North Dakota Lawyer's Assistance Program, assisting peers whose professional responsibilities are being impacted by mental health or substance abuse issues. Carol is a past chairperson of the Inquiry Committee Northeast, a facet of the State Bar Association Disciplinary Board, and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers Of America.
Bethlehem Gronneberg founded and is Chief Executive Officer of uCodeGirl. She is most passionate about working with young women to forge pathways to careers in technology and making sure women are not under-represented in 21st century jobs and tech-executive positions.
Our Youth Advisory Council, uLeadGirl, is created to provide opportunities for young girls to grow through leadership roles, public speaking, and collaboration. The members of uLeadGirl champion the importance of participating in technology & innovation as the future workforce and are important voices in reviewing uCodeGirl program initiatives. The young girls are selected to contribute to the mission of uCodeGirl as ambassadors and leaders in their communities. They also coordinate and participate in workshops and speak at special events.