As a black woman in tech over the last twenty years, Nici has experienced and overcome the many pitfalls that can hinder the growth and success of a woman in technical roles, especially a black woman. Through her hard work and resiliency, she stands out in her field having grown and positioned herself to lead enterprise level software delivery teams. In addition to her professional experiences, she uses her free time to speak to others at conferences and events across the country as an evangelist for black women in technology.
Adobe Creative Suite
Web Design & User Experience
HTML5 & CSS3
Server Side Languages; Java, C#, PHP, Ruby
Leadership and Soft Skills
Project Management & Tools
Agile Methodologies & Tools
Speaking: Panelist & Workshop Presenter
01. June 1996
Nici was enrolled in the Marist College Computer Science Technology Enrichment Program. At 16 years old she had was exposed to a wide range of STEM topics via weekend on campus visits, and the summer sleep away program.
15. May 1997
As a curious and studious 17 year old, Nici began her formal computer Science training during the Hampton University Pre-college summer programs. This allowed her to obtain class credits prior to her official freshman year.
05. September 1997
It is also during this time that she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 2000 as a charter member of the newly formed Eta Rho Chapter.
05. September 2001
After having to leave Clarion University due to financial reasons, Nici transferred her education to UAlbany where she double majored in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Through the next four years she would continue freelancing by building websites for a number of clients, which allowed her to build a robust portfolio in preparation for graduation. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics in May of 2005.
09. September 2005
Upon graduation, Nici secured her first post graduate job at one of the internets first online dating startup companies, cupid.com. As a junior developer, she honed her engineering skills in a .Net and SQL stack. Quickly being promoted in the first 6 months to mid-level developer, Nici contributed heavily to the growth of cupid.com features enhancing the online dating experience.
19. September 2006
As a full scale marketing agency Zone 5 gave Nici the opportunity to again build websites for a wide range of industries from Health Care to Higher Education. Most notably having re-developed the entire Sage University Website in a robust Content Management System and training the university faculty in its use.
01. June 2008
Answering the call to her entrepreneurial spirit, Nici left traditional employment and started her own web design and development company, catering to sorority and fraternity chapters nationwide. Content management frameworks like Drupal, Joomla, and Magento were used to create websites and membership portals for her clients.
02. January 2010
As one of the many startups in the social media space, Ingage Networks targeted building internal social networks for Fortune 500 companies. Nici was instrumental in building one of such networks for American Express.
13. September 2010
Pivoting to HealthTech, Nici was a key member of the teams that built and maintained WebMD's famed Symptom Checker, and Drug Interaction Checker.
01. March 2013
13. November 2013
As Senior UI Engineer, Nici further honed her agile, design thinking, and leadership skills as a critical member of Lancope's Stealthwatch Security Suite product team. The cyber security startup would later be purchased by Cisco Systems, giving Nici further opportunity to gain network security training and experience.
26. August 2018
Nici is currently pursuing her Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence in Georgia Tech's OMSCS program.
Nici is distinctly interested in researching the implications machine learning has on User Experience and how it changes the implementation of User Interfaces for the future
22. October 2018
Redwood City, CA (Silicon Valley)
Serving in her most recent capacity as Lead UI Engineer on the core UI team at Amobee, undertaking the task of re-developing and merging the UIs of multiple Amobee products.
New Orleans, LA
Nici was invited to speak on the Black Women in Technology panel where she gave conference attendees the ground level inside look at what it takes to be a software engineer, its benefits, and the state of the tech industry for Black Women.
21. April 2019
Nici provides instruction in programming, complex problem solving, and agile project delivery to Black Women, who are underrepresented in the technology industry as engineers and developers. It is her goal to help women who are interested in transitioning their careers to the rapidly expanding technology and innovation economies in preparation for the evolving job market.
01. November 2019
Kansas City, MO & Tulsa, OK
Nici was invited to speak with the Black Tech Weekend Tour on career and skills training panels where she gave conference attendees the ground level inside look at what it takes to become a software engineer, the best path into the industry, and why she decided start Gurl Code Academy. In addition to the panels she was able to conduct two skills training workshops, giving participants deeper insight on the relevant skillsets needed to be a successful engineer.
21. February 2020
Nici will be presenting a workshop at the 2020 DevNexus | NG-ALT conference.
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