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, the 10 Black Female Leaders in Tech to Watch by Hackbright Academy , 6 Young Black Women Making a Difference in Tech by New Relic and The 10: These Black Women in Computer Science Are Changing the face of Tech by The Root. 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.
Despite becoming one of the most educated segments of the population in the past decade, black women continue to be woefully underrepresented in the tech industry. According to recent reports by NCWIT, black women only hold 3% of computing jobs. Here we highlight 10 dynamic black women who are making an impact on their company and community!
Every Black History Month we are inundated with lists and tributes to great black historical figures. This is certainly important, and this month New Relic itself created an infographic recognizing black pioneers in computer science. However, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some young black women of today who are pioneering advancement in the tech industry.
The Brothers are excited to present the first installment of the Leaders of the New School series. This series will feature individuals who are forging new paths while improving our community. The Brothers kick it off with a discussion around the different school systems that exist in America. (Private, charter, and public)
In honor of Women’s History Month, The Root collaborated with Google’s CS Education in Media team to speak with 10 black women in computer science and engineering who have been spearheading teams at notable technology companies for the last several years. It’s time they got their moment in the spotlight.