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Danica Pascavage

Danica Pascavage

Program Operations Manager


Philadelphia, PA USA

Just because something is hard and you're not perfect at it doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.


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Danica Pascavage

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Advice For Women In Tech And Other Male-Dominated Spaces
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Day In The Life Of A Program Operations Manager


My road in life has been direct.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in mathematics and then started my career in technology.
I got a job with IBM as an education specialist, traveling around the country to teach adults how to use Linux and Unix operating systems—I ultimately spent 18 years doing this.
I first learned about TechGirlz from my neighbor and decided to take my daughters to their workshops.
I subscribed to the TechGirlz newsletter and then eventually started leading workshops as a volunteer.
After deciding I wanted a change of atmosphere in my career, I was hired on by TechGirlz as an outreach coordinator.
Since joining TechGirlz, I’ve moved up to outreach manager and now program operations manager.
Keep following my journey


High School
University of Maryland
Gwynedd Mercy University


Program Operations Manager

I manage program operations for a nonprofit that works with middle school girls to keep them engaged with technology.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

Day to Day

My main role is to work with our volunteers. I'm the point of contact for anyone who wants to run our workshops at their school or club. I answer emails and questions from potential and existing clients. My role also involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work with technology to make our workshops happen. I review forms from people who want our workshops and then input the data into Salesforce. I work on Wordpress to get the info onto our website and to post listings when we need volunteers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Having experience (from hobby level to degree level) with a variety of technologies is important, as well as creativity to help grow the company.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I think there are many paths to the career I have. Any degree or certificate that includes the ability to write professionally and communicate with people from all walks of life is critical.

Take Action: Ways to Keep Exploring This Career

Watch a TED Talk about women in technology.

Improve your written communication skills.

Volunteer to help teach young girls about tech.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't do some of these things, so I wouldn't be a good fit for the job."