Grace Hopper Day 1: Minerva Tantoco, CTO of NYC

I really meant to write a post after my first day at Grace Hopper, but I feel like I’m just resurfacing for air today! So I’ll give a brief recap of the thousands of (amazing, challenging, terrifying, confusing, wonderful) things that have happened in the past few days!

This post will just cover Day 1. I’ll post about the rest of week as soon as I get the chance.

So, Day 1.

What a day! Stepping into the classroom on day 1 at 9:30am, I had so many feelings, but the dominating one was excitement (I think? Memory isn’t perfect…) I had no idea what was in store for me. We spent a lot of the first day reviewing Foundations, and honestly, it’s still a bit of a blur. What I remember most is that at the end of the day, they threw us a little welcome party, featuring Fullstack alums and a surprise guest speaker: Minerva Tantoco, CTO of the City of New York!

I just moved back to NYC from the Bay Area, so I’ve been a bit behind on local news. I had no idea that NYC had added a new CTO position, and that they’d assigned it a woman, and oh my goodness the whole thing caught me by surprise. Her talk was really inspiring. She specifically touched on the difficulties (or lack there of) in moving from the private to the public sector. As some people know, this is an issue I’ve considered a lot. I originally came from a background in theatre & the arts, before I started working in technology in the private sector in the Bay Area. But I know in my heart that someday I would like to be working in the public and/or non-profit sectors again. I was also just inspired to hear Tantoco’s story about her journey to tech. She said it wasn’t the typical story for a computer scientist, but that’s what I love about it — many women don’t come into tech in the typical way. We have to discover it for ourselves in our own way. At least, that’s what I’ve noticed from the anectodal evidence I’ve gathered from fellow women who are taking this journey.

Thanks again to Minerva Tantoco for coming in and sharing her experiences, and providing a healthy dose of inspiration to start off my journey at Grace Hopper!

Anyway, thanks for reading! Feel free to ask questions, give feedback, etc — would love to hear from you!

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