Who is Grace?
I am a Nigerian-American who loves inspiring young women of color to go for STEM fields. I love learning new things about technology and using my skills to engage in projects.
Georgia State University – BBA Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Cybersecurity
How did you choose to pursue this field?
I declared my major after my freshman year of college after taking a career placement test.
Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?
The main resource I used to get into this field was Career Services at Georgia State University.
Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?
Yes, I did I used to use this website designing software when I was younger to design websites that my dad bought for me and from then on was more interested about the IT field.
What do you love most about your job or career?
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?
I won 3 Hackathons for 1st place between last year and this year.
What things would you change about your job?
I wish there were more people of color in STEM fields specifically black women and men. If more black people get in STEM fields specifically those related to IT I think we can change the narrative.
What are the most difficult things or disappointing aspect of your job?
I faced discrimination and undue treatment when I was President of an organization in college by people who felt threatened by my position of power or felt that I wasn’t supposed to be there.
How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?
I always engage in different organizations related to STEM and try to provide other people of color with resources and ways to gain access to opportunities by letting them know about scholarships, internships, etc.
What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?
To know that I belong in certain spaces although there are people who try to remind me that they feel I do not and also to report incidents first, especially if I feel there is bias.
Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?
Believe in yourself, ask questions and know that you belong in STEM spaces!
What is your favorite quote?
No matter where you are planted bloom with Grace.
I love this quote because no matter what circumstance I was in I always came out on top.
How has your family been a great influence or support system?
As a Nigerian-American I hold onto strong cultural values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
What are your future goals related to your career?
To eventually own and operate a Fortune 500 company.
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