The Writer: Summayah Green
Date first published: 21 February 2019
It’s Black History Month and Black Girls CODE is thrilled to provide you a glimpse into the future through our #FutureTechBoss Series!
For the past seven years, Black Girls CODE has empowered girls of color all across the country to become future leaders, innovators, and creators in the technology ecosystem. This Black History Month, we are excited to give some of our Tech Divas an opportunity to share their stories with the world; to shine a light on their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future via our #FUTURETECHBOSS campaign.
We hope this campaign will serve as motivation and empowerment for the future generation of tech divas and show the world that black girls code and do so much more. As we center our tech divas as #FUTURETECHBOSSES we give notice to the world that the future is on the horizon and our girls are ready to take the reins.
Why Do you LOVE Black Girls CODE?
I love BGC because it’s a great place to come learn, imagine, create, have fun and use cool technology that I’d never get a chance to use otherwise.
If you were a Superhero, what powers would you have?
If I was a superhero my power would be to be able to enhance anything and to grant any wish (even my own).
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a Cosmetic Chemist. I plan to launch my very own cosmetic line and be the CEO of my company. I want to give the world a natural alternative to quality beauty products.
Who would you consider a STEM Role Models?
MAE JEMISON is inspiring. She loves the arts just as much as she loves science. She understands the connection between the two and because of that, she was able to achieve her goals. She’s a dancer, performing artist, scientist, engineer, astronaut, public speaker, founder of a biotech company, author and the list goes on. Through her accomplishments, I see that I can use my love of the arts to also accomplish any and all of my goals and aspirations.
What does it mean to you to be a black girl who codes? Describe why the Black Girls CODE mission is important to you.
It means to be a problem solver, it means to be able to think on your feet, it means to look deeper than the surface, it means to see the world, to see the problem, to see the solution. It MEANS, to view everything in a different light and add your special touch to it.
Black Girls CODE is important because it provides me and others an opportunity to be great. A lot of today’s successful women didn’t have programs like Black Girls Code; therefore, I think it was harder for them to stay encouraged. But thankfully, my generation has Black Girls Code to help and inspire us to become successful leaders, hopefully with fewer obstacles.
What is one piece of advice you would give young girl interested in Tech
I would say no matter what problems you may face, whether it be caused by someone else or yourself, there is always a solution so don’t give up.