Khalia Braswell received her first computer in the 4th grade and was instantly hooked. As a result of her early interest in tech, she enrolled in Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, in Charlotte, NC, for High School, where she fell in love with computer programming. Khalia went on to receive her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University in 2013 and then obtained a Masters in Information Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2016. Throughout her journey in tech, Khalia interned at several companies (Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, Apple) noticed that there were not a lot of people, both in academia and in the workforce, that looked like her. As a result, Khalia founded the INTech Foundation , a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to inform and inspire girls to innovate in the technology industry. To date, INTech has reached over 200 minority girls across North and South Carolina, through hosting one-day camps, mini-camps, and a summer camp. INTech has worked with the National Center for Women in Information Technology, Teach For America - South Carolina, Google, UNC Charlotte, the STARS Computing Corps, and the Urban League of Central Carolinas. Last summer, Khalia and the INTech team participated in the Queen City Forward ImpactU summer accelerator to help grow INTech so that they can have an even greater impact. In 2015, Khalia was invited to attend the first White House Computer Science Tech Jam, which kicked off Computer Science Education Week in December 2015. She was also listed on the 2016 “30 Under 30” list by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce and the 10 Black Female Leaders in Tech to Watch by Hackbright Academy . Khalia is now a User Experience Engineer at Apple in Cupertino, California where she helps design experiences for internal applications in Apple’s IT department. She lives in Oakland, California and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers. She loves reading, traveling, and going to concerts to hear live music.
Read how Khalia went to The White House for CS Education Week
View Khalia's remarks from the 2015 NAF Next Conference
After fasting for 4 years, Khalia shares her experience