Cloyette Harris-Stoute is a strong believer that girls need great role models from whom they can draw inspiration so in 2012 she founded Guyanese Girls Rock, an online platform to recognize and celebrate Guyanese women and girls in the diaspora for their accomplishments and outstanding achievements. She was inspired a few years later to establish the Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, a 501(3)c organization dedicated to empowering women and girls by helping them to broaden their horizons through self-empowerment, personal development and scholarships. As the President of the GGR Foundation, Cloyette overseas the administration, programs and strategic plans of the organization.
Born in Guyana, South America, Cloyette migrated to the United States in 1993 where she continued her education in New York. She earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics and currently works as a Knowledge Base Administrator for a leading medical software developer. Cloyette’s desire to inspire the next generation of female leaders in technology also led her to launch the Guyanese Girls Rock Scholarship Fund (GGRSF) in 2016 to award college-bound young women of Guyanese heritage with new laptop computers.
With Cloyette as its driving force, the Guyanese Girls Rock movement has become a source of pride for many in the Guyanese diaspora. Her motto “You are more than enough, you were born to rock!” is a reminder to women and girls to know their own worth, and create their own path to success.