Sue Amarin

Co-Lead & Director of Corporate Partnerships

Sue has a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA from Tulane University.

Holding various technical positions in the Semiconductor industry since 1993 and co-founding her own business, Sue continues to notice the scarcity of females in technical roles and especially in their corresponding leadership positions.

She strongly believes that with confidence in their capabilities, females not only can excel in STEM fields, but can also be change agents to empower other females and help define the landscape of the future of technology. ChickTech’s vision, mission and goals align closely with her belief in the empowerment of women through education.

Ila Friedman

Co-Lead & Director of Communications

Ila has an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA degree in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University.

She is a Public Relations and Marketing expert with experience working in digital media for leading technology companies, and as an analyst in the financial industry. She is the president of a PR and marketing consulting firm, advising CEOs of startups on how to grow their business thorough digital marketing.

Ila wants to see more women leaders in technology companies and believes that the key to achieving this is to educate girls as early as possible about college degrees and careers in STEM.

Mariah James

Director of High School Outreach

Mariah has a BA in Computer Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. She works as a business analyst/strategist within the cognitive space.

She started her career as a developer and hopes to use her own experiences to empower, engage and prepare young women for a successful future in in STEM.

In her spare time, Mariah loves craft projects that involve building, creating, and design.

Irina Mardanova

Director of Corporate Volunteer Outreach

Irina graduated from St. Petersburg State University in Russia with a BS in Physics and an MSc in Geophysics. She also holds an MSc degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her career has been focused around creating highly specialized software applications for Reservoir Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists.

She co-authored multiple patents, technical papers, and gave multiple presentations about automated workflows in Geology and Geophysics.

Irina has two young children and feels passionate about promoting technical education to young people.