Session: The challenges and opportunities as a Black woman in Tech
This session will focus on my journey from the classroom to the C-suite and the challenges as well as the opportunities I faced along the way as a Black woman.
- You should never shrink away from your brilliance, rather take up space.
- Recognize it will be challenging but you deserve to be at the table.
- Set your intentions and work towards them every day.
Jackie Smalls has a rich background in STEM education, having served as the head of programs at Black Girls Code and previously running professional learning programs for Discovery Education, impacting tens of thousands of teachers and students. She served as an Environmental Scientist in the US Army, a school teacher, and one of the standards-writers on the Next Generation Science Standards. Jackie is the Chief Programs Officer at Code.org and leads the Education Programs Team.