Biz: How did you get involved with the Geek Foundation?
MP: Krista and I connected through a former coworker of mine. We connected and shared a joint interest for helping more women get into tech and increasing diversity in the technology field. I didn’t really ever think of coding as a career path for myself…I got my first job in tech by beating my future bosses at a game of Settlers of Catan. They called me the day I graduated high school and asked me to come in for an interview for a developer position, which I totally bombed. But through the game and other interactions, they saw that I was a strategizer and a problem-solver and gave me a shot! I started working with them the summer after I graduated high school and very quickly fell in love with it. I've been coding ever since! I always wanted to give back and help give other women that social pressure and the opportunity to join me in the tech field.
Biz: Who would you say is your target student?
KP: Right now we’re trying to get as many women interested in the program, and basically the idea moving forward, for all of our adult classes, will be that if we’re unable to fill with the early registration––with like The Northwest Project, Minorities in Business who we’ve partnered with as well, the local NAACP, Single Moms Rock [and] other organizations that represent minorities––if we are unable to fill all of the spots, then we will have open registration [for the general public].