Adda Birnir is the founder and CEO of Skillcrush, an online coding & design school on a mission to support career changers —particularly those marginalized by gender, race, and age — with the technical skills to land higher-earning, more fulfilling careers in tech. Skillcrush has trained more than 20,000 students since its 2012 launch, and its new Get Hired program boasts an over 90% job placement rate.

Before founding Skillcrush, Adda ran a web design and development company that built sites for media clients such as The New York Times, ProPublica, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and MTV. She has been named one of the “20 Women to Watch in Media” by the Columbia Journalism Review, one of the “30 Most Important Women in Tech” by Business Insider, and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, Fast Company, and Mashable. And she was appointed by former Mayor Bill DeBlasio to the New York City Workforce Development board.

Adda is a graduate of Yale University and calls NYC home. When not developing or teaching at Skillcrush, she enjoys exploring her home borough of Queens and hanging out with her husband and two sons!

Summits Attended: 2022 Pride

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.