Jennifer Cloer has been a \u201cstoryteller\u201d in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She\u2019s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.\nNow, she\u2019s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and help bring greater awareness and understanding to the complexities of being a woman in tech.\nIn September 2016, she realized a lifelong dream with the launch of her own PR firm and IT consultancy, reTHINKit PR, right around the time the issues of diversity and inclusion in tech \u2014 or lack thereof \u2014 finally began to dominate the discourse.\n\u201cI really wanted to jump in and do something more to help. After I went to the Women\u2019s March in early 2017, it felt even more urgent to do something,\u201d Cloer says.\n Jennifer Cloer (CC0)\n\nJennifer Cloer, co-founder,\u00a0Wicked Flicks Productions\n\n\nSo, with a co-founder Gary Schillinger, she created Wicked Flicks Productions, and began developing what would become The Chasing Grace Project.\nThe Chasing Grace Project, named to honor Naval rear admiral Grace Murray Hopper, is a video documentary series created, written and directed by Cloer and produced and edited by Schillinger. At first, the idea was to create a feature-length documentary, but Cloer quickly realized that wasn\u2019t going to work.\n\u201cOriginally, I\u2019d put out a call for stories from friends, colleagues and professional contacts, and I was going to do a feature-length video project. But tech changes so fast, and each day, each month, each year there are new developments, new issues, new stories. And by the time we\u2019d put everything together, it would\u2019ve already been outdated. So, we decided that an episodic format would work better and allow us to get deeper into the issues that were current, top of mind and immediately relevant,\u201d she says.\nThe Chasing Grace Project episodes\nRight now, The Chasing Grace Project consists of six episodes about women in tech. Each episode tackles a different topic in the public narrative and is shot in a different city, highlighting different women tech professionals. The premiere screening of each episode is hosted in the city where it\u2019s shot to bring together local communities of women, as well as bridge these communities across the country, Cloer says.\nThe premiere screening event for The Chasing Grace Project Episode 1:\u00a0Eighty Twenty will take place in Cloer\u2019s hometown of Portland, Oregon, on March 25, 2018, and will address the gender gap.\n\u201cNot just the gender pay gap, though that\u2019s certainly part of it, but the gap in access to opportunity, the gap in feeling liberated enough to take risks, the experience gap,\u201d Cloer says.\nEpisode 2 will tackle the culture of technology from the industry\u2019s heart, Silicon Valley. It will explore how the culture of tech has changed and evolved, why it\u2019s become so hostile and toxic, and how women are pushing back against discrimination.\n\u201cThe culture of tech is different than it used to be. More women are leaving, fewer women are joining, and the culture has a lot to do with that,\u201d Cloer says. \u201cIt\u2019s hard. We are facing discrimination, oppression, harassment. But one of the best things about this is that it\u2019s not all gloom and doom. One of the overarching themes in every episode is how women are overcoming this \u2014 so there\u2019s a lot of, \u2018You will never believe what happened to me \u2026 but this is how I\u2019ve overcome,\u2019\u201d she says.\nEpisode 3 will explore female founders and entrepreneurs who\u2019ve started or are starting their own companies, including how they have \u2014 or haven\u2019t \u2014 engaged with venture capital and\/or explored alternative funding.\nEpisode 4 will talk about the role of male allies. The final two episodes are in the planning stages, Cloer says, and topics haven\u2019t been finalized.\n\u201cTech moves and changes so fast that I wanted to leave room to change the topics for episodes five and six if necessary. Every day there\u2019s a new story \u2014 every day there\u2019s a new shift in the narrative \u2014 and so we want to make sure anything we choose to focus on will stay relevant and fresh and relatable,\u201d Cloer says.\nAmid so many awful revelations about the harm patriarchy has done and with new #MeToo and #TimesUp stories coming out, it\u2019s pretty inspiring to see these women persevering and even thriving. Tech careers offer so much incredible opportunity for women, for their families, and for their entire communities. Tech cannot afford to ignore half of the world\u2019s population if it\u2019s to solve many of the world\u2019s greatest problems.\nWomen are facing so much adversity \u2014 some of it is subtle, some explicit, but to hear their stories and then how they\u2019ve charted their own course despite that is incredibly inspiring." \u2014 Jennifer Cloer\n\u201cWomen are facing so much adversity \u2014 some of it is subtle, some explicit, but to hear their stories and then how they\u2019ve charted their own course despite that is incredibly inspiring,\u201d Cloer says. \u201cThe women I\u2019ve talked to say, \u2018Yeah, it was bad. Yes, this happened to me. I\u2019ve thought about leaving [the industry], but I love tech. I\u2019m not going anywhere \u2014 instead, I\u2019m going to change tech for the better.\u2019 I hope that for women in tech it serves to help them persevere. And for young women entering the field, I hope it gives them hope and a reason to get into tech.\u201d\nHere\u2019s the trailer for The Chasing Grace Project:\n\n\n \n\n\nAll the details are here in Cloer\u2019s blog. You can\u00a0RSVP for the event on Facebook or reserve tickets here.\nI can\u2019t wait to see it!