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CASSIDY WILLIAMS

Place of birth:

Chicago, IL, USA

Family Heritage:

Italian and Mexican

Education:

B.S. Computer Science, Iowa State University

Current job:

Software Engineer & Developer Evangelist at Clarifai

Bio

I got interested in CS in 8th grade by pure chance when I learned one could make a website, and I taught myself from there. I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew that I was creating something from nothing, and I loved that. Coding opened up doors to opportunities and creativity that I had never expected before!. Today Iā€™m a software engineer and developer evangelist at Clarifai. I've worked for Venmo, Intuit, Microsoft, and General Mills, and graduated with a computer science degree from Iowa State University in 2015. I've had the honor of working with various organizations, including Hacker Fund as their Director of Outreach.

Bio

As an avid public speaker and one of Glamour Magazine's 35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry, I've participated in meetups and events including the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, the National Center for Women & IT Summit, TEDxDesMoines, the United Nations, and the U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival. I want to inspire generations of STEM students to be the best they can be, and my favorite quote is from Helen Keller: "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.ā€ I also like tacos and karaoke.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

Because it's a field full of opportunities for people who are interested in anything. Fashion, math, art, science, cars, news, media... everything has a tech component.