BIO

Cynthia has over 15 years of product management leadership spanning operating systems, services, and apps, she combines her passion for building product with championing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Before Playfab, Cynthia was Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy, expanding its tuition-free software development training program for women and gender diverse people and partnering with software companies throughout Seattle on their pipeline for diversity. As Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft for several years, she drove the product roadmap for the Windows marketplace, developer-facing eCommerce services, as well as the Windows shell.

Cynthia is also an allyship trainer with Diverse City, LLC and Ada Developers Academy, an advisor for Seattle Women in Tech and Un-loop, as well as a Board Member for the Northwest School. Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She enjoys spending time with family, and is also an avid aerialista on aerial hoop, silks, and pole. You can find Cynthia on on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 

 

WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?

 IGNITE focuses on giving girls learning opportunities, moments to be inspired by what they can accomplish and what they're capable of. The focus of the organization ensures that many girls who otherwise would not see themselves as STEM professionals, will have a chance to consider and grow their interest in this space. It opens up opportunities for them - and repeatedly counters years of reinforcing that this career path is not a place for them. 

 

HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?

Once, a group of IGNITE girls showed up at my office door. I wasn't expecting them and at the time, I wasn't familiar with IGNITE. My staff and I had the time to spare, and we were all passionate about showing these girls the possibilities - it was so great to see their eyes light up, to introduce others to them who they could see as role models, to give them a workshop that showed them that technology can be fun, creative, and accessible. Ever since then, I have been inspired by what IGNITE does to take girls out of their usual environment and expose them to things that they otherwise would not think is possible for them. 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?

For technology to truly be used worldwide, to truly be useful for the entire population - our engineers of the future need to be more diverse and reflect the population. It is really important to support efforts such as IGNITE to inspire a more diverse future generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators. Every exposure, learning opportunity, and moment of being inspired counts for these girls - whether they act on it now, or later on in life. Please support IGNITE - whether it be with your time, your resources, or to spread the word about the great work the organization is doing. 
 
 

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