Role Models: Maria Schreiber, Solutions Engineer at Algolia

Today’s Role Model is Maria Schreiber. Before entering the tech industry, Maria was a high school biology teacher who sometimes also taught math.  She had dabbled in web development starting in middle school when she made her own websites and took computer science classes in high school.  Inspired by some of her students who curious about coding, she began taking online classes in web dev and data science before attending the Grace Hopper Program, a coding bootcamp for women. Maria is currently a Solutions Engineer at Algolia, a company offering a web search product through a SaaS model. What’s your official…

Role Models: Bushra Mahmood, Principle UX Designer at Unity

Today’s Role Model is Bushra Mahmood. Bushra got her start in tech nearly a decade ago working in motion graphics and visual effects. She produced punk shows in Canada and worked on documentaries as a teen, which is where she developed her design and motion skills. She started doing motion graphics for advertising agencies and then gradually moved into product design. Bushra led design at a fintech startup that was acquired by Goldman Sachs and then moved to San Francisco to work for Adobe. At Adobe, Bushra worked on several tools ranging from Dimension, Premiere Rush, After Effects and Project…

Role Models: Jon Gabriel, Digital Producer at REQ

Today’s Role Model is Jon Gabriel. Jon attended the University of Delaware and studied computer science. While he didn’t want to code for a living, he wanted to stay in the tech space. Immediately out of school, he traveled across the U.S. as a freelance photographer covering action sports. He spent some time in photo studios learning about portrait lighting, and later moved down to Maryland to work as a Traffic Coordinator at Sabre Hospitality Solutions. One year later, he transitioned into a hybrid Product Manager role. Currently, Jon is a digital producer at REQ, a brand management agency. What’s…

Role Models: Cassidy Williams, Senior Software Engineer at Codepen

Today’s Role Model is Cassidy Williams. Cassidy studied computer science in college and began her career at Vimeo. In addition to building out the product, she also served as a developer evangelist, organized hackathons, and spoke at events and conferences. In her subsequent roles, Cassidy continued to serve as a mentor and advocate for her fellow developers. Cassidy is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Codepen, online community for testing and showcasing user-created front-end code snippets. What’s your official title and how long have you been in this role? Senior Software Engineer at CodePen, and I’ve been there for six weeks…

Role Models: Yisselda Rhoc, Software Engineer at Def Method

Today’s Role Model is Yisselda Rhoc. Yisselda earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and specialized in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. On top of this strong foundation, she translates those theoretical fundamentals into tangible products. Today, Yisselda is a software engineer for Def Method, a New York City-based software consultancy. In her spare time, she also plans events as a committee member for NYC PyLadies. What’s your official title and how long have you been in this role? I’ve been a Software Engineer for four years. I’m currently working for Def Method, a small software development consultancy…

Role Models: Jen McNamee, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Channel Development at Braze

Today’s Role Model is Jen McNamee. Jen began her career analyzing ad revenue, but later realized she had a strong skill set for building relationships. Over time, she moved from tracking campaign data to managing accounts and eventually brokering large corporate partnerships. Jen is currently the Senior Manager of Partnerships and Channel Development at Braze, a mobile messaging customer engagement platform. What’s your official title and how long have you been in this role? My title is Sr. Manager, Partnerships & Channel. I’ve been in this specific role since January, but I’ve been with my company for 2.5 years. Prior to…

Role Models: Aurelia Moser, Program Manager at Mozilla Foundation

Today’s Role Model is Aurelia Moser. As a library science and art history student, Aurelia fell in love with open source projects that made information more accessible. She built her technical skills and helped developed interactive maps, metadata schemas, and training tools for users. For the past two years, Aurelia has served as the Program Manager for the Mozilla Foundation’s Open Science team. In her spare time, Aurelia leads the NYC chapter of Girl Develop It and teaches at NYU and SVA. What’s your official title and how long have you been in this role? I’ve been a Program Manager…

Role Models: Nicole Locklair, Talent Acquisition Lead at LearnVest

Today’s Role Model is Nicole Locklair. Nicole began her career as a project manager who coordinated teams of creatives. Through her own first-hand experience, she came to understand the skills and traits that made a great designer. This knowledge helped her pivot into recruiting and work her way up to manager roles. Today, Nicole is the Talent Acquisition Lead, Design, at LearnVest, a fintech startup that was acquired by the Fortune 100 financial firm Northwestern Mutual. How long have you been in this role? I’ve been in this role at my current company for about 4 months, but I’ve worked in…