By Amy Skeeters-Behrens

At DocuSign, we’re committed to innovation. In its most obvious form, this means putting our technology in the hands of people around the world so they can grow their businesses, reduce their costs, and strengthen their missions.

One less obvious but equally important way we innovate at DocuSign is working behind the scenes to give back through our DocuSign IMPACT initiative. From offering our technology at reduced costs to nonprofits, to providing our employees with “volunteer-time-off” (or VTO) to lend a hand in their communities, we’re continually searching for new, creative ways to strengthen our commitment to philanthropy.

IMPACT activation at SKO

One such idea began last year at our Sales Kickoff (SKO) in Seattle. For the first time ever, we decided to have an IMPACT presence alongside our traditional conference agenda. We teamed up with local nonprofit Redeeming Soles to provide footwear to those in need while matching employee donations for the day.

This year, we decided to place a special focus on diversity and inclusion. TechBridge Girls was the perfect organization to partner with: For ten years, TechBridge has provided girls who live in underserved communities with access to hands-on activities and mentoring in science, technology, and engineering. Through TechBridge, girls passionate about STEM topics are not only encouraged to pursue their dreams — they’re given real pathways to do so.

On March 1, we’ll be welcoming 15 high school girls at our SKO conference on a Techbridge Girls field trip. Their day will start with lunch and a hands-on scientific activity that they will facilitate for SKO attendees.

The girls will also meet with and hear presentations from female leaders at DocuSign including Vanessa Pegueros, our Chief Information Security Officer and Robin Joy, our SVP of Web and Mobile. The girls will also have speed mentoring sessions with members of the DocuSign sales and engineering teams and use DocuSign in a hands-on exercise about entrepreneurship. We’ll round out the day with a look into the SKO product showcase, and finally, gather for closing presentations from our President of Worldwide Field Ops Neil Hudspith, TechBridge Girls Executive Director Callista Chen, and myself.

At SKO, DocuSign IMPACT will be matching funds of employee donations up to $5,000.

What Happens Next?

Our engagement with TechBridge Girls will continue after SKO, as they will be the featured nonprofit at our upcoming Momentum conference in May. We are also planning additional field trips for groups of girls both in Seattle and San Francisco.

The benefits of field trips are immediate for girls curious about STEM topics: They learn, discover, and receive mentorship. But what if we look farther into the future? We believe when you bring people with a diverse set of experiences and characteristics to the table, they’ll come up with better, more creative solutions for problems. As a tech company, we need the best and brightest minds to come up with the best products to serve a diverse set of customers, and that is why we are proud to partner with TechBridge Girls to help provide underserved youth with the encouragement and the resources to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Click here to learn more about DocuSign IMPACT, and stay tuned for a recap blog on TechBridge Girls’ day at SKO.