Tell us your story.
When I moved to DC from small town Oklahoma, I had intended to do policy or federal relations work. I moved here to study political science at George Washington University and, before Quorum, my life was filled with internships on and off the hill in the political and policy space. Little did I know that agreeing to hear about a dear friend's "project" over coffee would chart a dramatically different course.
In fact, before working for the startup, I was what my colleagues endearingly call "tech-illiterate" -- having no experience in coding or design (with the exception of a simple website I once made for a digital media class). However, I have learned so much about the power of modern technology over the past year working with our outstanding team. It has been a fascinating experience working at the intersection of technology and politics. So much of Washington uses antiquated technology and outdated tools and it is empowering to be on the cutting edge of a movement to change the way data is used in the political capitol of the world.
What advice to you have to share with other women and young girls?
A colleague of mine once told me that there is a difference between being eager and being hungry. People who are eager have blind enthusiasm. They lack purpose and have difficulty accomplishing tasks without explicit direction. To be hungry in the work place means knowing what you want and doing everything in your power to make it happen, all while seeking advice from the people who have forged a path before you. When a women is hungry in the workplace, she doesn't mind working her ass off or fighting tooth and nail for her ideas. She knows that at the end of the day, she deserves to be here.
We should teach young women the difference, teach them that they should demand a seat at the table.
Pass it on!
All of the women who told me that I don't need to have my life figured out.