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Design + Diversity

Tim Hykes

Design + Diversity
39 min2017 MAR 21
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Episode 3: Crystal Martin

Today we talk to Crystal who’s the CoderGirl Program Director at LaunchCode. She once dreamed of being a designer but the lack of knowledge about the design industry her more suggested that she changed to something more affordable. Tune in as we laugh and get her side of the story on design, tech, and black girl magic.

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Short Biography

Crystal is the CoderGirl Program Director at LaunchCode and the Co-organizer of Strange Loop Conference. LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunity for aspiring developers through job placement and training in technology. As a Detroit Public Schools graduate, Crystal is passionate about equal access to education at all levels. She came to St. Louis as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member and taught middle school math in St. Louis Public Schools for four years. After her time in the classroom, she wanted to explore a career that would allow her to bring together her love for creativity, science, and community. She holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Show Notes
  • 0:00

    Welcome introduction and background

  • 2:40

    Only Person of Color at Ruby Meet Ups

  • 5:21

    Diversity in tech

  • 11:07

    Hiding behind diversity

  • 12:54

    Why Crystal didn’t major in design even though she wanted to?

  • 18:55

    It very common for parents to push their children away from design

  • 21:38

    Fun questions

  • 23:49

    What do you struggle with as a leader in tech?

  • 26:47

    What Crystal’s brand and where do you see yourself in the future?

  • 32:21

    Something on one agrees with you on and the “N” word as a term of endearment.

  • 34:47

    How weird are you?

  • 36