Ask The Mompreneur: Encouragement Helped One Woman Make It In Stem Field

By Jennie Wong
The Charlotte Observer.

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, N.C. She currently works at Microsoft as a technical account manager in Charlotte. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

QUESTION: How did you and your mom first learn about Microsoft’s DigiGirlz program?

ANSWER: 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.

Q: What convinced you to sign up for the program?

A: 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 triggered me to start looking deeper and doing research into Microsoft and the types of software and devices they had at the time.

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

A: 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 DigiGirlz program, I met so many awesome women, and I won an award as the project manager of my team. My DigiGirlz mentor 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.

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