Inspiring STEM Educator Dedicated to Helping Underserved Youth

Kiwoba Allaire is an inspiring one-woman dynamo in California dedicated to helping young girls build successful futures in the tech industry.

Allaire devotes her time to helping girls of color from underserved communities improve their lives by providing them with new experiences and advancing them in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

As founder of Girl STEM Stars, setting up a venture in an unstructured entrepreneurial environment has been her biggest career leap. She said she learned “if you have tenacity, focus and acumen – you are already helping yourself.”

The nonprofit group is dedicated to providing the tools and space for exploration and innovation with STEM classes, visits with prominent community and global leaders, also tech worksite visits. It incorporates the arts and humanities to further support the STEAM focus and highlight its increasing importance in a global society.

Over the years, Allaire has overcome adversity in her own life and today she is a shining example of what is possible when corporate executives focus on giving back to the community to improve the lives of others. She lives by the words “let your faith be bigger than your fear.”

Allaire is also director at the California tech marketing company Rocket Fuel and founder of its Rocket Fuel Gives Back Program. She sits on local nonprofit boards of United Way, the Sheriffs Activities League, the Family Network, Ronnie Lott’s, and All Stars Helping Kids.

Among her many accolades, earlier this year Allaire was named among the top 50 Multicultural Leaders in Technology by the California Diversity Council, and is also the recipient of the Sistahs Rock, Beyond the Limits Award. Last year she was voted San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Woman 2015 and this year Forever Influential Woman 2016.