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Geek Girl: Can You Pivot A Community?

Geek Girl: the comeback

This morning, something happened that threw me in a direction that I have been wanting to go for a while: reusing Geek Girl Denmark and Geek Girl Magazine. It has been my priority for a long time, something that I wrote about in a Facebook group before.. but then COVID happened.

This summer, I stepped down as Head of Brand and Engagement at CARE. That was my stint in the NGO industry. I’ll never work again for old NGO’s, but I’m still up working for new ones. A lot of stuff is happening in my personal life and I will fill you in on that soon.

But this morning, there was a Geek Girl Denmark portal that opened to finally start pivoting the community to something more aligned with where I am now.

The Geek Girl community always had massive potential but due to my health condition, shutting it down was the best thing to do at the time. During the years where I haven’t had the time to build Geek Girl Denmark or do events for people, I was focusing on my healing and my own process back to life; another kind of life.

Another way for me to serve the world and the women who decided to give me so much love and support back then, those awesome geek girls!

I have focused on building sustainable brands for others as in platforms and corners of the sustainability movement.

Geek girls for sustainability?

But how could I align this? Teaching women tech? With sustainability and climate action? I think the answer lies in the word “empower”. Geek Girl Denmark is solid gold to me. So many of my cool stories and ventures came from that platform. So much good and plenty of connections I have made and it’s one of the things I have been proudest of in my career.

The planet needs us!

And now, I will pivot it and empower women to act on sustainability. Focusing on tech as well as on SDG/global goals; making them a part of a movement for positive change for this planet. And even though the language will also change to english (hoping to make the group a bit broader), we will start doing Copenhagen-based events.

I and the team will do this through events, stories, and mentorship programs. I have teamed up with Natalya Tarankova, founder of W.e. Space Copenhagen. We also have the support of Stine Mølgaard, who was a key driver in Geek Girl Denmark, as well as Cathrine Fallesen who will be driving our Geek Girl events.

Now, the first event is in the book. It will be an event called “Health Tech for Good” aligned with SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages”. The speakers, place, date, and other event information will be updated shortly.

Also, we will change our name. It’s still going to be women-focused and you will still be empowered, but we want you to Shout Your Impact. That’s the new name. The website, etc. is coming soon. Until then, if you are a fierce techie, impact, and startup woman, then please join us in our Facebook group.