BASED IN: NEW YORK
What do you do?
I completed my Associate’s at Bard High School Early College and am now pursuing my Bachelor’s at Queens College. I most recently interned at AOL and I’m currently a graphic designer for a startup, OmiApps.
What has been the most beneficial to your success?
Exploring different realms of the tech space with an open mind and networking with entrepreneurs. I find it incredible how willing adults are to give you their time and help you. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the generosity of the entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way. You should never hesitate to introduce yourself to someone in the room or ask questions—that’s how you learn! Stay curious because the more exposure you get, the better.
What do you enjoy the most about being a part of "built by girls"?
Where do I begin? The five of us walked into the AOL offices hesitant about whether we could live up to the standards of such a big company and we walked away fearless, confident and ready to take on the world. I still can’t believe we built products that millions of girls will be using! I enjoyed evolving into a stronger woman with the help of my coworkers and managers. The most fulfilling aspect of being a part of #builtbygirls is knowing that our work has the potential to inspire other young females to transform into more confident women, just as we did.
Where do you want to be in the next week, year and 10 years?
When I ask entrepreneurs about how they got to where they are today, many of them respond with, “I never could have guessed that I would end up here.” I love that answer, because it’s exciting to not know exactly what the future has in store.
Next week, I will have finished coding and designing an entire website for my first client at the start up. Next year, I hope to be back at AOL helping expand the #builtbygirls movement. In 10 years, I want to be in a place that I never would’ve guessed I would be.
How have your internships helped you to get where you are right now?
Internships have been transformative and crucial to my growth. I owe all my success to Girls Who Code and AOL for providing me with exposure to STEM and business. Each internship is a learning experience; you figure out what you enjoy and what you don’t. At the end of my AOL internship, I discovered a passion for broadcasting after being called the “reporter” of the group. I would not have realized how much I enjoy broadcasting had it not been for my experience at AOL/Cambio.
What advice could you offer to women trying to break into the tech world?
Don’t be afraid. There are SO many people (men AND women) who want to help you succeed. Everyone around you is rooting for you and you will find a family within the tech world the way I found my AOL/Cambio family. The opportunities are endless and there’s so much to explore whether it’s design, coding, fashion or media—all the things you love become enhanced with technology! Go for it!
Do you follow or belong to any female entrepreneur organizations or other female driven communities?
I’m an alumna of the Girls Who Code program. Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization that aims to teach a million girls how to code by 2020. I also helped launch the #builtbygirls movement at AOL; five graduates of the Girls Who Code program rebuilt the website Cambio, a place to inspire girls to be anything they want to be and build anything they want to build.
Any last advice to your peers?
YOU GOT THIS! P.S. – If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.