My dad wanted me to be a plastics engineer but I refused. I wanted to be a marine biologist because I love the ocean. I discovered biology involved chemistry, which I was really bad at. I changed my major to political science because that was what my sister was studying. Once I realized that political science majors make 16K out of school (it was the 1980’s), I changed my major to MIS. I took my first computer class soon after and was failing. Then one day, a light when on and I got it. I decided to minor in computer science and never look back.
Almost 30 years later, I am still writing software and I still love it. I currently am a director of data analysis at Fidelity Investments. I still love the ocean and am an avid scuba diver. My motto is try everything because you never know what you love until you try it.
You can reach Kelly at kelly.curtin@ChickTech.org
I believe in empowerment and gender equality for women. Diversity enhances creativity and provokes unique perspectives leading to better decisions, breakthrough innovations and constructive problem solving leading to betterment of societies. Given opportunities and guidance, women can make significant contributions to the tech industry and help in reducing the gender gap.
For the past several years, I have worked in various roles in data and analytics in government, financial, and technology sectors. I have double Masters in Economics, with concentrations in International Trade, Mathematics, and Statistics.
You can reach Rima at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been working in the software development/testing field since the last ~10 years. Art/craft and yoga are some other activities that I love to spend time on. I like to be engaged in volunteering activities especially if it is related to helping kids in some way.
You can reach Roshni at email@example.com
Inequality is not an unchangeable reality. I’m a firm believer in the positive impact that education can have on the lives of the next generation. I am passionate about impactful volunteering and sustainability.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from UNC Charlotte. My work experience ranges from software development to social responsibility.
In my free time, I’m busy exploring music and gardening.
You can reach Aneesha at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a US Army Veteran I can thank Fort Bragg for bringing me to the Tar Heel State from my home state of Texas (aka the Lone Star State). I hold an MBA from Kennesaw State University (GA) and a BA in Sociology from Trinity University (TX). In my 8 years at Dude Solutions (www.dudesolutions.com) in Cary, NC, I have served as a Software Analyst/Client Advisor, an Implementation Specialist for both EDU and GOV, and a Senior Solutions Consultant for EDU. I am currently an Associate Product Manager for our Work and Asset Management product suite.
My love of volunteering comes from my mother who instilled in me the quality of having a servant’s heart. My why is explained by a quote from Muhammad Ali which says that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”.
I am training for the Richmond Half Marathon in November 2019 which will be my first.
You can reach Laurie at email@example.com
Information Technology trends in the late 1990s and early 2000s inspired me to opt for Computer Science and Engineering major even though I had dreamt of being a doctor ever since I was 5 years old. Was I great at Math and Science to start with, may be not. However, very thankful to my parents and all the teachers who continued to believe in me and helped to become what I am today. I started my high tech job as a Software Developer and continued to grow into the Project Management role. And to this day, this career continues to unleash the best potential in me.
My 8 year old keeps me busy and loves outdoors just like his dad. Long drives with some great music to places we have never visited is kind of what we love to do as a family these days. Thus far, rides to outer banks, ocracoke and disneyland in Florida has been the most memorable.
I believe every woman has the confidence and power to shine in any field that she sets her heart and soul on. As Sallie Krawcheck in her book “Own It” mentions women don’t need to be empowered as they already have the qualities and skills to get ahead in the modern workplace and that , in owning, those qualities we have more potential and power than we realize to scale in the tech industry.
Let us continue to grow and inspire others to grow too.
You can reach Menaka at Menaka.Arumainathan@chicktech.org
Currently a senior software engineer at Fidelity Investments. Enjoys volunteering, mentoring, and continuous learning. Has a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, minor in philosophy, and an associate of arts degree.
You can reach Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danita King has worked at Fidelity Investments in health benefits administration for five years and has recently taken on a similar role with pension retirement plans. She takes pride in educating customers on their benefits, promoting healthy behavior changes, and providing solutions to previously undiscovered problems. Danita’s passion and talent for marketing can be traced back to her love for live music. She did such a great job helping promote a local jazz festival on social media that the festival reached out to ask her to join their marketing team.
Through this relationship, she spent four years promoting arts and entertainment events via social media, and later transitioned to maintaining events calendars as well as creating copy for newsletters and blog posts. This experience combined with her health background allowed her to easily transition to coordinator of a local HIV Awareness campaign where she acted as the social media strategist and event planner for almost 2 years.
Danita has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. When she isn’t at work she can be found enjoying live music concerts, taking in an art exhibit, reading a good book, or enjoying time with friends and family.
You can reach Danita at email@example.com
Kordula is a proud Latina from New York City who graduated from Hofstra University, with a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. Kordula has worked in the non-for-profit sector for over 10 years, where she gained her knowledge of fundraising and development. Through these experiences, she has had the opportunity to create and implement successful strategic plans that helped increase capacity through fundraising, grant writing, and event planning. She also has many years of experience as an educator for K-12. Kordula currently works for a technology company where she focuses on training and support. She is passionate about women’s rights, equality, and education for all.
You can reach Kordula at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working for a major insurance company for the past twenty-five years, I have lived and worked in many cities in the south and the corporate office in Hartford, CT. My roles have been rich and varied, and now I am part of the data and information science field,focusing on strategic initiatives and data analysis and reporting.
I got involved with ChickTech to connect with local women in technology. When I learned about the High School program, I committed to being a part of this valuable opportunity for girls, and girls of color in particular, due to the need for diversity in technology. I am happy to work with this organization and to help girls build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue STEAM careers of the future.
You can reach Sharmaine at email@example.com
Michelle Adley is a former ChickTech RDU Director and Participant Lead and has been with the ChickTech organization since 2017. She is currently working with ChickTech headquarters on developing middle school programs and clubs.
She is a Product Owner with Fidelity and has over 20 years of IT experience. She is originally from Wilmington, NC and she went to NC State and Meredith College where she got her BS in Computer Science. She enjoys cake decorating, teaching tech to young girls, and lake life with her husband and two young daughters.
You can reach Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally is a Member of Technical Staff at NetApp. Sally joined NetApp after obtaining her PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University. Her passion for outreach activities started at Clemson when she became aware of the low number of women in STEM — a problem that did not exist in her home country, Egypt. When not working or doing outreach activities, you will find her serving as a reviewer for a technical conference, baking, or training for a running race.
You can reach Sally at email@example.com