“Do not give up when things don’t always go your way. Tech is filled with challenges and will test your limits. Break through those walls and show the world what you are about.”
Tell us a little bit about what a typical day looks like for you.
Networking or meetings followed by planning awesome material for the programs that I develop and teach.
How do you stay passionate in your career?
Building relationships with other professionals, attending conferences and using my Twitter feed to innovate daily.
Did you have a traditional path into tech (i.e.: CS/IT degree transitioned into tech job)?
Education degree followed by a STEM “Aviation” focused career.
Are there any apps, software, or tools you cannot live without?
Drone blocks, drone deploy and my fully stocked tool bag
It’s common knowledge that women and femmes often face obstacles in the tech industry based on their gender. Have you ever had to deal with this type of experience and if so how did you handle it?
Many maker and hacker spaces are usually gender-based and lack some diversity. My goal is to change the landscape and make it better.
What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the #womenintech community?
Being an innovator and breaking down walls that were once barriers.
If applicable, how have you given back to the WIT community?
During the course of my career transition, I was able to share on the Womenanddrones.com website how I was going to raise awareness and visibility of women in the drone industry. Some of the women who contacted me were new to the industry so I spent some time teaching them the basic foundations of drone technology and how they could use it in different industries. The need for more women in the technology sectors continues to grow so I think it’s vital for women to learn about the latest trends so that they become more visible in every aspect of tech. Waiting for opportunities stalls progress and only pushes women further behind in this industry. Our voices matter and need to have action behind them to drive change.
*Check out Dr. Lori Paluti’s interview on her education initiatives here: https://unmanned-aerial.com/pittsburgh-drone-services-offers-online-remote-pilot-training
What is a piece of advice you would give to others wanting to or currently pursuing a career in tech?
Do not give up when things don’t always go your way. Tech is filled with challenges and will test your limits. Break through those walls and show the world what you are about.
Tell us about a time you felt extremely accomplished in the past year.
I love sharing my expertise and insight with the community. I love answering questions and introducing someone to tech that may not have as much expertise. The smiles, high fives, and curiosity make me want to continue doing what I do.
Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happenedDr. Seuss
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