About Kickstart Careers

Mission

We are on a mission to increase future opportunities and empower women seeking new positions in technology.

What We Do

Kickstart Careers is a career board specially aggregated for emerging, female engineers looking for meaningful work with reputable and trusted employers. Each job posting is personally vetted to ensure that employers featured on Kickstart Careers are engaging in purposeful diversity, equity and inclusion policies designed to improve the experiences and outcomes of female team members.

Kickstart Employers can not just pay for listings on the job board - they must pass our 3-Point Qualification Process:

  1. Proven diversity programs
  2. Trusted and legitimate opportunities
  3. Engaged and positive experiences (We check Glassdoor Profiles for you!)

As a female professional, you can be certain that each employer featured on KickStart Careers has a track record of proactively implementing diversity programs in the workplace that extend past simple hiring policies. Checkbox diversity programs and virtue signaling policies are not welcome. Kickstart Employers must believe in and implement purposeful policies that support and optimize the hiring, training, onboarding, and advancement opportunities.

KickStart Careers is inspired by and built with our loved ones in mind.

We know, both from personal experience and professional research, that the STEM fields continue to struggle with recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. As of 2017, nearly 75% of those in computing and mathematical fields were men and fewer than 15% were black or Hispanic.

We’re here to change that!

Meet our Advisors

Amy Patel

Amy Patel is a strong leader that drives diverse teams to define strategy/vision and execute on complex digital initiatives in the life sciences space. She specializes at the intersection between technology, life sciences, healthcare and software with an array of unique experiences across the analytical chemistry, pharmaceutical and medical device industries in team management, product management, strategy, business development, problem solving, operations, and process improvement.

Before joining Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amy worked for IBM Global Business Services, Genentech and Neutrogena, she also founded & sold her own event coordination company, Planning Elegance. Amy earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, where she was a Consortium Fellow and student body president, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. She currently lives in Austin, TX and loves the outdoors, wine and travelling.

Sarah Rickerd

Sarah Rickerd is a freelance business copywriter whose writing has appeared on Entrepreneur.com, HubSpot and Content Marketing Institute, among other industry sites. She is also the owner of Content Conquered, a managed content services agency that empowers growth-oriented companies to quickly and easily scale their content marketing campaigns.

Renée Warren

Renée Warren is an award-winning entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, author, and founder of We Wild Women, a platform that helps entrepreneurs start and scale their own businesses. She’s also the host of the celebrated podcast, Into the Wild.

Renée firmly believes that the best advice comes from someone who has successfully done it before. Her approach to coaching comes from over 22 years of experience as an entrepreneur and unapologetic risk-taker.

When she’s not coaching or podcasting, Renée can be found spending time with her family. She also enjoys working out, reading business books, and refining her drumming skills.

Alessandra Colaci

Alessandra has over 15 years of experience across multiple digital marketing channels. She has worked on growth initiatives for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 brands. Her specialty is using analytics and optimization to scale results.

Lori Richardson

Lori Richardson is President of Women Sales Pros, a community for more women in B2B sales and sales leadership and is a sales strategist through her Score More Sales strategy firm. Lori has been recognized by Salesforce and LinkedIn as a top sales influencer and is the author of She Sells: Attract, Promote, and Retain Great Women in B2B Sales. Lori hosts the award-winning podcast "Conversations with Women in Sales."

Meet our Founders

Sujan Patel

A veteran SaaS marketing leader with 17+ years’ experience, Sujan has helped hundreds of companies – from emerging startups to Fortune 500 leaders – to create growth strategies that have generated massive increases in traffic and revenue. Sujan owns and operates multiple SaaS businesses, including Mailshake and Right Inbox.

Sujan has made it his mission to ensure an equitable future for female engineers, like his wife and the engineers he employs. As a father of three, he’s passionate about empowering and mentoring female professionals and supporting companies who share his vision and commitment to mentorship and aggressive diversity and inclusion programs.

Mubashar Iqbal (Mubs)

A 20+ year veteran of the Startup world. Mubashar has helped numerous startups get off the ground, and worked for a number of fortune 500 companies. Currently he leads development efforts at Founderpath.

Former ProductHunt maker of the year, and a father of 2 daughters, he wants to make a brighter future full of opportunity and inclusion. Kickstart Careers was born from this dedication to ensure generations to come have a different experience.

Companies we want to partner with

If you are determined to provide opportunities for diversity, enablement and growth for women in technology, we want to support you. Create an account and submit your positions for consideration here.