Alice's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Seattle, WA

ALICE STEINGLASS

Vice President of Product and Marketing
Code.org

“If you’re afraid to get it wrong, you’ll also never be able to get it right.”

INTERESTS:

Business Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Doubt Exploration Failure Goals Perseverance Self-Reflection Desire Confidence Focus Education Experience Choices Hard Work Passion Success Community Support & Encouragement Fulfillment Honesty Conflict Talent Values Dedication

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

adversity, asking questions, change, coding, combining interests, computer science, development, enjoyment, excitement, exposure, intimidating, learning experiences, math, paths, problem solver, production, programming, software development, technology, uncertainty

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Always knew that she liked both math and art, but she felt that there was a tension between the two, and she had to limit herself to one field.
  • However, when she was in high school, she discovered computer science, which would let her exercise both her creative and mathematical brain power.
  • She knew she could use computer science as a tool to help her achieve all of her other goals, so she chose it as her major.
  • In college, she was in classes with people who had grown up taking apart computers and taking computer science classes, so she felt like she was “late to the party.”
  • Says that one of the biggest reasons for a lack of gender diversity within computer science is because women are dissuaded from breaking the barrier and taking that first class.
  • However, she’s found that once women take their first computer science class, they—like Alice—will often get over the initial intimidation and find that they love the field.
  • Says that computer science has a reputation as being a lonely field, when fundamentally, the goal of most computer science work is collaborating with others to solve problems.
  • Her favorite part about coding is that there’s never really a right or wrong answer; if your code doesn’t work, that just means that you’re not done with it yet.

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