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Backstory...

Something that always stuck out to us about Stephanie was that she is a very funny and positive person.

She seldom, if ever, complains. If she does have some kind of grievance about current events, she just talks about it in a productive and firm way. 

FUN FACT: We credit Steph for her suggestion to make female programmer clothing in the first place. We would probably not have gone ahead with merch if not for her. Thanks, Steph!

 
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Q. Working at Amazon as an engineer must be super stressful. What are ways you wind down?

I’ve actually learned to change my mindset on being “stressed out” because I think that deciding you are “stressed” creates a negative feedback loop. 

I stay balanced by leaving my work at work. 

My daily yoga practice helps too.

Q. We always hear of the pitfalls of being a woman in stem. What’s an upside to being a woman in tech?

I’m a strong believer that my presence in the space makes it easier for the next woman or person of color to feel comfortable here. I love seeing diversity improve in the industry.

 

Q. Are you working on a side project? If so, what is it?

A bunch of personal IOT applications! I make my own Alexa skills for everything from letting me know when I need to leave for yoga to optimizing the bus line I should take that day to work. I love building things that make my life a little easier.

Steph with a Dog

Q: Any closing remarks?

"Build things that you are excited about!"

It’s easy to get stuck in “tutorial hell” building to-do lists, but it’s so much more fun to flex your engineering mindset and create things that are useful and cool to you.

 

Thank you for reading!


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