Groupon @ GHC: Mariko W.

at October 4th, 2016

Groupon is excited to be a sponsor for the Grace Hopper Celebration. Leading up the conference, we’ll introduce you to some of our employees who are attending. Make sure you say hello when you see us!

Mariko W.
Software Engineer

Why is it important to you for (more) women to work in technology?

Technology can help almost everyone and anyone in the world, so it’s important to understand the needs, problems, and solutions from diverse perspectives. A diverse team will build more influential and inclusive solutions for a wider audience. Unfortunately, women are still severely underrepresented in engineering today. More women and other minorities joining the field means solving more meaningful problems for everyone.

What does GHC mean to you?

I attended my first Grace Hopper Celebration when I was a junior in college, and it was a big motivation for me to become a software engineer. After a little over two years in computer science, I was doubting whether it was the right field for me. It was not only a challenging field of study, but with females comprising no more than 10% of my class, it was difficult to meet friends and mentors in a similar situation. It was inspiring to see so many fellow students in the same boat and experienced professionals who are already making contributions in the field.

Every year since then, Grace Hopper has given me the courage to keep working on becoming a better engineer because I’ve seen so many great examples. I’m happy to attend Grace Hopper this year as a professional software engineer, and I hope to encourage women who are in a similar situation as I was when I was a student.

Where will be seeing you around GHC?

I’ll be at the career fair and most of the software engineering track sessions.

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