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Girls Re-Imagining Tomorrow

There is a staggering shortage of women in technology jobs. GRIT: Girls Re-Imagining Tomorrow exists for the sole purpose of introducing diverse groups of middle school girls to technology-focused career possibilities, with an emphasis on cyber security and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Here’s why:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024, with more than two-thirds going unfulfilled due to lack of a STEM talent pipeline
  • The National Center for Women in Technology website states that, while 57% of undergraduate degrees went to women, only 19% of Computer and Information Sciences degree recipients were female
  • Yet, an article in the Observer shows that about 74 percent of young girls express interest in STEM fields and computer science



Empowering Girls with STEM Education to Build Tomorrow’s Tech Industry

Empowering female students in STEM is crucial for a brighter future in tech. While progress has been made, there's still work to be done to ensure equal representation and opportunities. Check out this article by ePlus CFO Elaine Marion in eSchool News to learn more about how ePlus’ GRIT program supports bridging the IT skills gap and creating a diverse, inclusive workforce ready to tackle future challenges in IT and cybersecurity.

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Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women from the Boardroom to the Pitch

ePlus is committed to creating a world where all women and girls can thrive everywhere — through opportunity, recognition, and celebration.  GRIT is beyond just a word.  We've made GRIT a mission to embolden girls re-imagining tomorrow with the same 'never give up' drive that has made the women of today succeed in their careers and their lives.  

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That’s where GRIT comes in.

In addition to giving young, bright, female minds access to corporate executives, real-world experiences and hands-on examples of great opportunities. GRIT strives to:

  • Build confidence
  • Encourage
  • Inspire
  • Empower

Our programs provide not only education but mentorship in the areas of public speaking, online safety and stewardship skills and business etiquette. GRIT is also an attitude. We want to help young women develop the self-assurance and tenacity they need to succeed in their careers—and their lives.


How it works

GRIT started small – with one willing and able middle school near our corporate headquarters – and one group of executives passionate to make a difference. As interest in the program has grown – so too has the program itself. GRIT now exists in four cities across the U.S.

Each local GRIT team/program is organized under the leadership of volunteers from both ePlus and Cisco, in communities surrounding our respective office locations. Our volunteers work with local middle school officials to identify a select group of girls to participate in our 16-week program.

During this program, the girls will experience:

  • Presentations by technology leaders and innovators both in their community and more broadly
  • Field trips to local ePlus and Cisco offices for a ‘behind the scenes’ experience
  • Demos and hands-on activities for a closer look at IT and cyber security in action
  • Mentorship in the areas of public speaking, online safety and stewardship skills and business etiquette
GRIT Group 2019


GRIT was founded in 2017 by ePlus Technology in partnership with Cisco in response to the increasing shortage of cyber security professionals worldwide, particularly women. We started GRIT to help girls understand what careers and positions are available to them, to highlight roles to which they can aspire and to encourage them to consider careers in technology.

While great strides have been made in the effort to bridge the gender gap between girls and boys in middle and high school math/science classes, girls pursuing higher education and careers in these fields continues to drop. Girls are more than capable of excelling in these areas, but are choosing not to pursue them. We want to empower them to break those barriers and pave their own roads to success. We want to show them why it matters, why THEY matter, and how they can help others and contribute to the success of an organization, an industry, or a cause.


The GRIT team creates a sense of community within the program and will provide ongoing mentoring and assistance for the girls throughout their high school and college careers.

If you'd like to get involved by creating or sponsoring a GRIT program in your community, or if you'd like more information, please contact us at GRIT@eplus.com.


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Podcast + GRIT

The Future of Cyber Security: Girls in Tech

There is widely documented research showing both a skills gap in cyber security and a shortage of women in science and technology fields. Find out how Girls Re-Imagining Tomorrow (GRIT), a joint program between ePlus and Cisco, is helping to address both issues.

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