Tell us your story.
I got my start back in the 80's with my Commodore 64 hooked up to my TV and programming rainbows and repeating text. My first ever "goto" loops! I moved on to an AT&T PC with a dot matrix printer and quickly began programming, disassembling and reassembling it. It just continued from there...
As for who helped me and who inspired me, I think first and foremost, it was my innate design to learn, build and create that was - and remains - my driving force. I started out with the manual from my C 64 and when I got that first PC, a friend of mine had a dad who worked for IBM. As such, he knew a lot about computers and started teaching me. It was great! Then I took computer science in high school which, at the time, was a lot of BASIC and PASCAL programming. I loved it.
I never thought to pursue an education in computer science and instead chose French. But every step along the way, I was learning more about technology it seemed. And there was always a friend who knew something about technology who would teach me what they knew. I just kept building upon what they were teaching me. As I craved more, I would search for classes, books and any other info I could find to keep me moving forward.
What do you most want other women and young girls to know about being a woman in our digital culture?
I think that technology is an amazing career choice for women! Especially those who are creative and like a challenge. Technology is continuously evolving therefore your experiences are evolving. It's a career where the potential for growth and education are limitless, and you will always be doing new and exciting things.