The Power of Encouraging Women Who Code

Personal Capital is proud to sponsor Women Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in the technology industry.

Most articles about the ratio of women to men in tech focus on the negative, citing differences in population, salary, and leadership roles. I would like to take time to put a spotlight on a couple of positive anecdotes that show how people can make a huge difference by providing a little support.

About a year ago, a female friend of mine pulled me aside at dinner and told me she had made a career change to become a web developer. She said the idea of entering the tech industry first took hold after a discussion we had years back, in which I (as a female developer myself) had encouraged her toward this new direction. The news was such a pleasant surprise because it made me realize how a simple conversation can change the course of a person’s life in a positive way, either through the introduction of an idea or by instilling confidence in one that had been lying dormant.

It reminded me of a conversation that changed the course of my own life. It was my first year at UC Berkeley, and I was taking CS3: Introduction to Symbolic Programming, on a whim. I loved the class and considered departing the hazy pre-med path my parents laid out for a computer science focus. I was concerned, though, because so many people in the class had previous programming experience and I was starting from scratch. I asked my sister if I was crazy for pursuing this foreign path, and she told me that if I was good at it and liked it, go for it.

Fast forward to now, I’m the Director of Mobile Technology at Personal Capital, a company that I believe in, where I’m doing what I love. It just goes to show how a little inspiration and support can go a long way, and I’m proud that Personal Capital is sponsoring Women Who Code, an organization that is dedicated in providing both.