“Be yourself, be responsible, and deliver your work on time. Ignore any outside noise and keep your eye on the prize. You are in the room because you are supposed to be there.”

 

I am a scrum master (agile project manager) for 3 teams. I am responsible for managing all of the sprint ceremonies and making sure that the team is on task. I also manage our metrics to make sure that leadership understands how well the team is performing.

 

Specialized Training

Certified Scrum Master | CSM

Certified SAFe 4 Scrum Master | SSM

 

My Education

Merrillville High School (2009) – Academic Honors

Purdue University (2014) – B.S. Computer and Information Technology

 

My Affiliations

I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

I was Miss Black and Gold 2011 at Purdue University.  My 2 best friends are also in the STEM field.

 

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

I honestly didn’t have an inspiration that guided me to this field. There aren’t many women that I know that are older than me in this field but I knew that I wanted to do work that intrigued me and I wasn’t afraid to be the only girl in my classes. I liked the challenge.

 

 

How has your family impacted you in your career?

I come from a single parent home and I believe that helped me with my independence. My mother is a very strong and independent woman and that definitely rubbed off on me.

 

 

Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?

When I started my journey at Purdue, my major was pre-pharmacy. I worked at Walgreens during the summer to shadow different pharmacists and I realized that it wasn’t the profession for me. I knew that in high school I enjoyed making websites so I went out on a limb and started taking web design classes. It really sparked my interests and I decided to pursue the new major.

 

 

What do you love most about your job?

I currently love the flexibility of my job. I feel free to be myself and bring my diverse ideas to the table.

 

 

What things would you change about your current job?

I would like to see more women doing my job. I feel that we can bring a different perspective and often times we bring harmony to a team.

 

 

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

The most rewarding part is helping teams transform from typical waterfall project management to agile project management. It’s rewarding when a team becomes self-sufficient.

 

 

What are the most difficult things about working in your field?

I currently work with really good people but it hasn’t always been that way. The people that you work with can make or break your experience at a company.

 

 

What are your future goals related to your career?

My current 2-year goal is to eventually manage a group of scrum masters that directly manage various teams. I would like to grow and be apart of my department’s strategy team.

 

 

What tips would you offer to anyone thinking about entering into your profession/field of study?

I would recommend getting as many scrum certifications in college that you can. I’d also recommend technical internships. This will allow you to have a better understanding of the work that developers do. I did develop the first 2 years in the workplace. It has made me a much better scrum master.

 

 

How have you combatted the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?

I’ve combatted the stigma by being myself. I know that I am good at what I do, and I like to show people that intelligence comes in all shapes and sizes. I speak confidently and I’m very relatable in the workplace. I understand that we are all different, so I give everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions. I don’t allow people to speak over me and I listen.

 

 

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?

“Be yourself, be responsible, and deliver your work on time. Ignore any outside noise and keep your eye on the prize. You are in the room because you are supposed to be there.”

 

What is your favorite Quote? How do you apply this to your life?

I honestly can’t think of a favorite quote, but I often tell young people in my life

” You are in charge of your life, no one else.” I feel that I didn’t realize how much I was in charge until my mid-20s. Each decision I make is a step in my journey.

 

 

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