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A women in STEM success story

03/07/14 19:30
Charlotte Blogs

This week’s “Ask the Mompreneur” features an interview with Aisha Davis, a graduate of Microsoft’s DigiGirlz program and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.  She currently works at Microsoft as a Technical Account Manager at their location in Southwest Charlotte.

 

Ask the Mompreneur

 

How did you and your mom first learn about Microsoft's DigiGirlz program?

 

Aisha Davis

 

People say “word of mouth” is the strongest marketing tool, and for me this was true. My aunt received an email about the DigiGirlz event first. She then told my mom all about it with me in mind and my mom encouraged me to go.

 

Ask the Mompreneur

 

What convinced you to sign up for the program?

 

Aisha Davis

 

When I first heard about DigiGirlz I had no interest in taking part. My interest was not in technology, nor did I think a female could even belong in the IT field. My mom thought otherwise. She urged me to apply which then triggered me to start looking deeper and doing research into Microsoft as a company and the types of software/devices they had at the time.

 

Ask the Mompreneur

 

How did the program influence your choice of college major and career?

 

Aisha Davis

 

As mentioned, I initially had no intention of going into technology for my career. It was the DigiGirlz program that changed the course of my life. For the first time, I found something that I felt I was naturally good at other than sports. I felt smart!

 

In the Microsoft DigiGirlz program I met so many awesome women and I won an award as the project manager of my team. My DigiGirlz mentor Lindsay Lindstrom stayed in contact with me long after the program was finished. All of these things influenced my college major and ultimately my dream to work at Microsoft.

 

Ask the Mompreneur

 

Based on your personal experiences, what's the most important factor in guiding more female students towards STEM careers?

 

Aisha Davis

 

I believe it will take more women in STEM careers to continually reach out to young girls to let them know that, not only do these opportunities exist, but there are a number of women in leadership positions. Those women were once girls like them and understand the adversities they’ve faced. The opportunities for careers in STEM for women are endless. I’m proud to say my experience began with two of the strongest women in my life guiding me towards DigiGirlz.

 

Ask the Mompreneur

 

Now that you've graduated and started working, how are you paying it forward?

 

Aisha Davis

 

I pay it forward daily by bringing my “A” game to work and by showing Microsoft, my current employer, that investing in me was well worth it. I volunteer at various schools and give presentations. Currently, I am teaching a class for Citizen Schools after work where I am able to share my experiences and teach debate to students in underrepresented areas. Also, I have the honor of being the guest speaker at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival on March 29, where I will be speaking to over 200 young girls whose shoes I once walked in.

 

* Microsoft’s DigiGirlz High Tech Camp is coming to Charlotte June 17-19.  Register and see all locations here.

 

 

Jennie Wong, Ph.D. is a business coach and the creator of the product quiz website www.ABorC.com.

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