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Pioneering African American Women in Tech

As part of Black History Month, we want to highlight some of the pioneering women in tech who made history with their achievements.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden were four pioneering black women who achieved the seemingly impossible through their vision, actions and hard work. They worked in the segregated town of Hampton, Virginia to help offload the massive amounts of aeronautical research needed to win the war. As Americans fought for victory in World War II, and the Space Race, these brilliant mathematicians worked quietly behind the scenes as “human computers.” Recruited by NASA and featured in the award-winning film; Hidden Figures, they also helped put a man on the moon.

In 2017 we had the honor of hosting one of these brave women, Christine Mann Darden D. Sc., as a speaker on our DWN Leader Series. She shared her wisdom and insights with us, including some practical tips for success.

Christine Darden’s 5 P’s for success:

  1. Perceive yourself in your dream job.
  2. Plan: What courses and background do you need to achieve it?
  3. Prepare: Work your plan.
  4. Persist through all the detours.
  5. Project: Is it a job that is growing or dying? Is this
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Featured Woman – Tosha Zeitlin

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