One of the great strengths of the Python community is the diversity of backgrounds that our practitioners come from. This week Lorena Mesa talks about how her focus on political science and civic engagement led her to a career in software engineering and data analysis. In addition to her professional career she founded the Chicago chapter of PyLadies, helps teach women and kids how to program, and was voted onto the board of the PSF.
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Interview with Lorena Mesa
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- How did your original interests in political science and community outreach lead to your current role as a software engineer?
- You dedicate a lot of your time to organizations that help teach programming to women and kids. What are some of the most meaningful experiences that you have been able to facilitate?
- Can you talk a bit about your work getting the PyLadies chapter in Chicago off the ground and what the reaction has been like?
- Now that you are a member of the board for the PSF, what are your goals in that position?
- What is it about software development that made you want to change your career path?
- What are some of the most interesting projects that you have worked on, whether for your employer or for fun?
- Do you think that the bootcamp you attended did a good job of preparing you for a position in industry?
- What is your view on the concept that software development is the modern form of literacy? Do you think that everyone should learn how to program?