"I think young women become excited about programming when they start thinking about all the problems they can solve in the world and what they could do with it. When I talk about DoSomething and say, “Oh, you could do this cool stuff with it, you could change the world,” they get so excited."
Shae Smith fell in love with programming in high school then went on to major in it in college, where she also played lacrosse. For the first few years of her career, she worked at for-profit and non-profit jobs, working to figure out how she wanted to fit into the programming world and developing her coding skills. Today, she takes pride in her role as a senior software engineer for DoSomething.org and being the mentor she wishes she'd had to girls learning to code and queer kids of color.