Employment and Jobs

How Disney Is Helping Its Women Learn to Code

May 30, 2018  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news featuring one of our partners.

Nikki Katz talks with CODE: Rosie participants Leilenah Mamea and Christine Kang.

A Disney VP of technology, Nikki Katz has the sort of background you’d expect of someone in her position, including a degree from Stanford and a résumé with experience at companies such as Yahoo. The women she’s addressing, however, are joining Disney’s software-engineering workforce in a most unconventional way. They’re participants in CODE: Rosie, a program that gives women already at the company in non-technical roles an opportunity to switch careers. After three months of training—in everything from basic computer-science concepts to programming languages such as Python—they’ll segue into a yearlong apprenticeship consisting of two six-month chunks in different teams within the company. Then they’ll have the opportunity to take a job within one of Disney’s technical groups.

This piece was excerpted from “How Disney is turning women from across the company into coders” by Fast Company’s Harry McCracken. Click here to read more.

We are delighted with Disney’s investment in its employees and commend them for joining a growing list of companies committed to advancing the upskilling movement in 2018. Earlier this year, Disney also announced the launch of a $50 million education initiative for its employees. Click here to learn more.



.@Disney’s CODE: Rosie program gives women the opportunity to switch careers and learn to build the Magic Kingdom bit by bit.

“Coding is the language of the modern world, because everything is centered around technology. Now I can contribute to that language and those conversations.”

“It’s just been really affirming that we get to work at a company that would invest in a program like this.” @nikkikatz


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