Kylie is currently a Product Manager for Zillow, the leading real estate marketplace. She loves working in the tech industry because it is collaborative, fast-paced, challenging and ever-changing. As Mrs. King County, Kylie serves her community through her platform entitled, “Changing the Face of STEM: Empowering Girls to Innovate Our Future.” She partners with organizations like IGNITE Worldwide, Girls Who Code and Washington STEM in hopes of breaking down the barriers & stereotypes in the STEM fields, and helping the STEM community drive change. Kylie’s mission while promoting STEM education is for every girl to know she has the power to change the world.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I first got involved with IGNITE via one of the Teaching Kids Programming workshops when I was working at Microsoft. From the very first event I volunteered at, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be heavily involved in. Seeing first-hand what an impact one IGNITE event can have on a girl’s future gives me the chills every single time I volunteer, and that’s what keeps me coming back and becoming more involved every year!
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
Overall IGNITE’s mission is incredibly inspiring, but what inspires me the most are the women I’ve volunteered alongside and the girls we’ve had the opportunity to work with. I love hearing from these women that have such unique and empowering journeys to share, and being able to watch our stories of triumph in the face of adversity impact the next generation. Above all, looking at these girls’ eyes light up as they build confidence throughout a workshop and knowing that any one, or all, of them could be the next face of innovation in this world – that is the most inspiring thing I’ve experienced.
WHAT VALUE DOES IGNITE PROVIDE FOR GIRLS?
IGNITE teaches girls that they can have a broad and profound impact on this world. IGNITE empowers girls with the confidence, knowledge & role models to believe they can be successful in STEM careers, and to know that there is an entire community of women cheering them on.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
IGNITE is a “troops on the ground” organization that is solving a real problem in our industry, and changing the course of life for so many young women. One event can make a difference, and you absolutely won’t regret spending your time with IGNITE. Representation matters, and these girls need to be exposed to these opportunities. Women aren’t yet the face of the STEM fields but, thanks to IGNITE and women like you, I believe one day they will be.
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