Linda Calhoun is Founder and Executive Producer of Careergirls.org, a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures.
Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for her site. Linda has filmed over 400 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit and Los Angeles– everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges. She began her professional life as a public relations assistant, and went on to planning fine-art events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; develop public databases and policies for the state government of Connecticut; and work as a consultant in foreign affairs for The World Bank.
The idea for Career Girls was born after Linda started working as a database consultant for international development projects for USAID and the World Bank. She has several years experience leading teams in the design and requirements of databases to support GIS for public agencies in Kansas, Connecticut and the Kyrgyz Republic. She found this work to be rewarding on many levels and wanted girls coming up behind her to know about exciting careers in tech and beyond.