In 2016, Breaking The Glass was founded by Computer Futures recruiters in Texas to tackle gender disparity challenges in the tech industry through community programs, professional development and networking for women in tech and their allies. Breaking The Glass has grown to a network of over 1300 professionals across the tech industry in Texas, with new communities and partnerships growing in Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay area.
We are proud to partner with the most innovative brands in tech to bring these valuable programs to their companies and communities across the country. Computer Futures’ investment in Breaking The Glass is one of many commitments we make to drive progress an equality for all.
"I wasn't sure what to expect, but now I'm so thankful to be a member of this community. The programs are so relevant to my career."
- first community event survey response, may 2016
Breaking The Glass Program manager
Diversity Consultant, Computer futures USA
Mary Chauvin is a graduate of Louisiana State University, and enjoyed a career in UX Design and Product Management in Austin's tech industry for 5 successful years. She started attending Breaking The Glass in 2016, shortly before the launch of her launch first startup company. BTG programs inspired Mary to be confident and bold in her entrepreneurship journey. When plans for her startup fell through, Breaking The Glass helped Mary discern a new vocational directional for her career. She now oversees all aspects of programming for Breaking Glass: community management, partnership development, content, curriculum, and expansion. Mary also proudly sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Girls Scouts of Central Texas, and she supports and volunteers for many local organizations focused on the economic empowerment of girls and women. Mary is passionately dedicated to ending systematic gender discrimination and closing the wage gap.
BReaking The Glass Co-founder
Operations manager, computer futures USA
Bennida Jang, MBA is a graduate of Texas State University. Through 4 years of workforce consulting in the energy and technology industries of Texas, Bennida and her colleagues at SThree realized how much of an impact gender disparity in leadership was having on the market. Because of this realization, they created Breaking The Glass to support career development for women in STEM. Bennida is proud to maintain an operating role supporting the expansion of new communities across the US, with an emphasis on sustainable investment. Bennida is also co-leading global diversity and inclusion programs as a regional ambassador for SThree Americas.
BReaking The Glass Founder
Vice President, Computer Futures USA
Danny Cohen is an accomplished executive with 17+ years of excellence in leadership. Danny specializes in market strategy and brand penetration in developing regions. After overseeing the successful expansion of SThree Benelux, Danny came to the US Southern Region to lead market development efforts for the technology staffing brand, Computer Futures. He quickly recognized the unique challenges US technologies were facing with regard to gender disparity, and made it a central focus of the Computer Futures USA values-driven brand strategy. Danny is proud to have sponsored the creation of Breaking The Glass as a way to serve clients and candidates as partners in progress, and he continues to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives both internally and externally.
BReaking The Glass coordinator
Elizabeth Lam is a graduate of the College of Charleston. While in school she joined multiple women’s career development groups where she learned negotiation skills, knowing her worth and finding a supportive tribe. She started her journey into the DEI field while at a conference planning startup when she booked over 70 speakers. She took the initiative to create panels that were diverse so multiple perspectives could be shared.
In September 2018 she moved to Austin and took a job in international payments. Shortly after she started her new job the company was sold. Knowing she needed to go back to her roots and passions she applied to join Breaking The Glass. Her experience in event planning, background with women’s career development groups and passion for DEI was a natural fit to join the team. She is also a member of Young Women’s Alliance and regularly volunteers with the Girls Empowerment Network.