53. Miranda Knee – Web Developer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

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“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t continue to try and try and try again.”

Tell us a little bit about what a typical day looks like for you.

My day typically begins at 5:30 AM where I hit the gym to mentally prepare for a day at the office which includes anything from creating or updating websites, preparing email campaigns, or acting as the in-house photographer for a company event. My days usually end with a good podcast or sci-fi/adventure book.

How do you stay passionate in your career?

The technology sector is constantly growing, changing, advancing, and filled with very unique and talented people who love to share their knowledge and experiences. In my experience, this community has been positive and supportive. I love being a part of it. This helps me stay passionate about my career choice.

Did you have a traditional path into tech (i.e.: CS/IT degree transitioned into tech job)?

Yes, I went to technical school after high-school, Pittsburgh Technical College.

Are there any apps, software, or tools you cannot live without?

Visual Code Studio, Adobe Suite, and a weather app.

Itโ€™s common knowledge that women and femmes often face obstacles in the tech industry based on their gender. Have you ever had to deal with this type of experience and if so how did you handle it?

Sure, this has happened and various forms. I deal with it by letting it go and continuing to push forward. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t continue to try and try and try again.

Whatโ€™s your favorite thing about being a part of the #womenintech community?

That it is full of intelligent women who are changing our future.

If applicable, how have you given back to the WIT community?

I have assisted current college students on their web projects by providing feedback and guidance on portfolio projects.

What is a piece of advice you would give to others wanting to or currently pursuing a career in tech?

Do it! It’s very rewarding when you can see your progress and growth and it feels great when you can help others with their tech needs.

Tell us about a time you felt extremely accomplished in the past year. 

I have two things! This past year I lead a WordPress Meetup on the topic of using the plugin CMB2, a PHP framework for creating custom meta boxes. I had a total of 6 people come but it went well and I would love to lead another Meetup or tech talk. My second thing, this talk lead to me being featured on a podcast, “Hallway Chats”, where I spoke about my interactions with WordPress. ๐Ÿ™‚

Favorite quote:

“If you want to learn something, really learn it, then try teaching it to someone else.”

– Wes Bos

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