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About us

HER Ideas in Motion is a Cleveland-based 501c3 nonprofit corporation focused on helping girls achieve in technology and media arts. Through hands-on workshops and tech clubs, girls learn technical and creative skills from professionals, while building their own projects. In addition, HER Ideas in Motion has developed a women-led approach that combines female technical and creative professionals teaching and mentoring girls to provide access to female role models in these fields. Through education and empowerment, HER Ideas in Motion aims to close the gender gap of the less than ¼ percent ratio of women to men working in these fields. Learn more in our Annual Report to the Community.
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

Why Technology & Media Arts?

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million good paying STEM-related job openings in the U.S., yet less than 14% of computer science degrees are awarded to women. Likewise, only 20% of these behind-the-scenes jobs are filled by women. Our mission is to inspire girls with female role models to demonstrate the viability and access to these jobs so there more likely to continue their studies in technology and media.

Our organization is made up of women and men in the tech and media industries, educators, an advisory team, committee members, a board of directors, sponsors, and program officers who run the business of what we do.

Meet the Team

Rachel Wilkins Patel
Rachel Wilkins Patel
"Learning to write my own code and make my own media was like learning to ride a bike for the first time, it meant freedom to go and create anything anywhere. I mentor as an extension of my professional career and to share this sense of freedom with others." -Rachel
Wilkins Patel is the founder of HER Ideas in Motion and a technologist who is interested in using her skills for social change. With professional experience in web development and new media production, she has lived and traveled extensively across four continents and holds a M.F.A. and B.A. from Hollins University. Follow Rachel on Twitter @ClevelandRachel.
Tiffany Rowan
Tiffany Rowan
"I love having the opportunity to give young women the tools they need to succeed in all of their goals in life, while having fun at the same time!" -Tiffany
Rowan is an education professional with a B.S. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University. Rowan serves as On-site Coordinator for HER Ideas in Motion.
Bill Beuther
Bill Beuther
"I enjoy using my photographic skills to support non-profit organizations involved in education and the arts."
Beuther is a retired educator in his second career as an award-winning fine art photographer. Follow Bill on-line at