Code Ninjas owner honored for promoting STEM for girls


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Marisa Narula, owner of Code Ninjas Hillsborough-Montgomery has been making strides in creating gender equality in the tech industry for the last two years by providing opportunities for girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and raising community awareness.

A frequent guest speaker at local schools, host of Women in STEM events, and volunteer in the community, Narula was asked to be the official International Day of the Girl representative across the Code Ninjas franchise, which includes more than 600 territories in the U.S., Canada and the UK.

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For the second year in a row, Narula was presented with a proclamation from the Hillsborough Township Committee and Mayor Doug Tomson for her efforts with girls in STEM. Last year, Hillsborough Township officially proclaimed Oct. 11 as Day of the Girl with Montgomery Township following suit this year. Narula was present at both ceremonies virtually and gave remarks.

She was featured in the Hillsborough Business Association’s spotlight for Women’s Small Business Month in October.

In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Code Ninjas held their annual event on Oct. 11 with guest speakers Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, Ph.D. and Meghana Shah, founder and CEO of the Parasol Cooperative, a tech nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence. The event was staffed by Code Ninjas female coding instructors Montgomery High School students Diya Sethi and Sahithi Jaruhula and Hillsborough resident Shewta Kumar, a recent graduate.

Narula is a Montgomery resident, board member of the Montgomery Charity Foundation, and community volunteer in several capacities.

  • This article was submitted by Marisa Narula on behalf of herself.

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