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Woodbury Resident Wins Community Innovation and Leadership Award

Patrice Gans

Woodbury resident Patrice Gans was awarded the Community Innovation and Leadership Award from the Connecticut Technology Council at its Women of Innovation event on March 27.

The Women of Innovation program recognizes women innovators, role models, and leaders in science and technology professions, as well as outstanding young women at the high school and collegiate level pursuing technology studies.

Gans is the Executive Director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, an organization that aims to empower students to use technology to positively impact local nonprofits in their communities.

Since its formal incorporation in 2015, Random Hacks of Kindness Junior has worked with more than 1,500 students grades 4-12 throughout Connecticut and New Jersey. In keeping with the push to engage young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), 71% of the participants have been girls.

In addition to running Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Gans advises two Girls Who Code clubs, is part of the Girl Scouts of CT STEM Advisory Group, has served on the board directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association as their national K-8 representative, was a member of Representative Elizabeth Esty’s STEM Advisory Board, and helped a high school girl launch a program through the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

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