WomenInTech: Mariella Sypa

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Mariella Sypa

Years in Technology: 3
Current Title: Founder & COO
Current Organization: KindMind Technology

1. Why did you join the technology industry?
During my junior year of high school, my principal encouraged me to go to NYU’s all-female CS boot camp. My high school didn’t have any CS/tech related courses so I had no idea what it was going to be like. During the bootcamp, we were introduced to female leaders in tech (from the secret service, Google, Facebook, etc). Not only did we meet female developers, but we also learned basic programming. I became so interested in CS after this bootcamp and knew that I wanted to be just like the women I met.

2. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally?
A CS professor of mine is my biggest inspiration. She spent most of her professional life working on developing financial software for Wall Street, then decided she wanted to teach CS to others. She is so dedicated to making sure that women at our school are encouraged to stay on track for obtaining their degree in CS or any other STEM field. Together we run the women in STEM club at Fordham’s University. I don’t think I would’ve stayed in CS if I hadn’t met this professor. She is a true example of a leader in tech and is inspiring a whole new generation of women to do the same.

3. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13-year-old self what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. The world can seem scary and confusing, but you’re strong and intelligent enough to handle it all. Be passionate in everything you do because it just might end up being the thing you choose to make a career out of.

4. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech?

By giving them the resources they need. We need to invest in their education, ensure that they’re being exposed to technology and other STEM fields, and surround them with examples of strong women in tech.

5. What is the best part of your job?
Knowing that we’re developing technology that is going to increase the quality of life for so many people.