Communications, Diversity & Inclusion, Women in Tech & Business

Dr. Gina Helfrich is Director of Communications and Culture at NumFOCUS, a non-profit that supports better science through open code.

Gina is an accomplished and visionary leader with a track record of success across a variety of fields, including nonprofits, higher education, and business. She was co-founder of recruitHER, a women-owned recruiting & consulting firm committed to making the tech industry more inclusive and diverse. The brand strategy Gina developed and executed for recruitHER quickly earned national attention and a list of high-profile clients including Pandora, GitHub, Pinterest, and RunKeeper. She earned press features including stories in both Austin Monthly and Austin Woman magazines, a talk at SXSW, and an interview on the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast.

Gina is an expert on women’s leadership and gender equity with over a decade of experience working to advance diversity and inclusion. She provides consulting services for companies looking to enhance their culture, increase employees’ sense of belonging, minimize unconscious bias, and ensure equal opportunity and equal treatment for all. Gina is the former Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University with a specialization in ethics and critical social theory.

Gina has spoken at thought leadership events including South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW), the Texas Conference for Women, Tech Inclusion, and Columbia University’s Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation.

Gina lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys swing dancing, rock climbing, and improv comedy.