Maggie Epps

Tell us your story.

I actually started by falling in love with coding. My previous work only involved the digital space in that I helped people with limited skills access online resources. However, once I started learning to code through, I wanted to learn everything. RailsGirls and Meetup groups in general really helped me learn about the tech landscape. A couple of other women coders I met through those groups really helped provide guidance along the way.

What do you most want other women and young girls to know about being a woman in our digital culture?

It's a mistake to opt out of learning about technology, out of fear or a sense that it's not you. Even if you never want to code or be serious about social media, it is good to know how they work. And once you have those skills, don't be afraid of being open about that and using them. People will assume you're not tech-savvy until you show them that you are.

The Women in Tech campaign exists to help redefine what women in technology means in the 21st century. Started independently by a group of professional women who, after many impassioned discussions about women in tech knew we wanted to expand this definition beyond 'traditional' technology skills. To us, it includes most every current, emerging or evolving role within an organization. By featuring leaders and emerging leaders across industries who embody this we hope to collectively 'stand up', be proud of our place in the digital world and inspire young women or those new to the 'tech space' to get involved.