LORELLE REID, 5’11” MULTI-CULTURAL, FORMER RUNWAY MODEL, GLORIFIES THE WORD “ BOSS A$$ CHICK”. SHE IS A FORDHAM UNIVERSITY , COMPUTER SCIENCE GRADUATE NOW WORKING AT R/GA AS A SOFTWARE ENGINEER.
[SOUNDS LIKE A KARLIE KLOSS MOMENT, #KODEWITHKLOSSY ]
What is your little bio?
A: I am originally from Chicago and moved to NYC to attend Fordham University. I now work as, “Full-Stack Software Engineer, Web Platforms” on the NIKE team for R/GA. R/GA is American international advertising agency headquartered in New York, with huge client portfolio ranging from McDonalds, Google to Verizon.
Despite it being common in 2017, just a few years ago it wasn't. What made you choose a computer science major? Why?
A:When I was modeling, I broke my computer and the fix was a unix command. This was my first taste of the “terminal”, and I was fixing VCRs out of the crib switching my major to Computer Science from Pre-Med felt like a natural fit. I declared Pre-Med early because I wanted to be like my mother who is a doctor, I had been following her around the hospital since I was little. But, organic chemistry quickly taught me that medicine was not my calling.
What excites you about your industry?
A: The ever-evolving environment of technology is exciting, it's the future. It is truly amazing and incredible to believe over millions of people will pass through or come by a landing page that I helped design/code.
The day in the life of Lorelle Reid, Go! A: While my days vary, in the work environment my day begins with a "scrum meeting" (A meeting that sets the context for the coming day's work. ), with my teams in Portland & New York. During scrum, we discuss what we did the day before & what we are working on so the team is aware. The rest of the day, we work on our individual tasks, assisting others as needed. Once work is finished with my team or friends, we'll grab some drinks and attend an awesome new tech event. I love NYC, there is always something happening!
What skills/ traits do you think a college applicant should have to be successful in your major?
A: Adaptability & perseverance. The dynamic nature of technology requires being adaptable to change & eager to absorb new technologies and frameworks. In the same token, this adaptability requires perseverance because every language, technology & framework has its own flavor.
When it comes to landing a job in your industry, is it highly competitive ? How do you stand out?
A: My industry is competitive. Being a female of color in tech already makes me an outlier, but often I find myself competing against myself more than others.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: My true passion is inspiring the next generation of females to be involved in technology. I currently speak for an organization called "Girls Who Code" .This organization inspires the next generation to look into the world of technology and to close the gender gap in technology. Within the next 5 years I hope to continue developing my social advocacy for females in the tech industry.
Lorelle Reid's Quote:
"Fear has two definitions: 1. Forget everything & run or, 2. Face everything & rise"
Let's nerd out! Silicon Valley question, do you use tabs or spaces?
A: I personally love tabs, butmy team and .editorconfig often dictate otherwise.
What do you usually wear for work? How is the coding industry dress themselves?
A: I work in a casual office environment so almost anything goes, except for Under Armour.
Technology is rapidly changing. Is it necessary to keep up on courses/ training or can you learn it through R/GA.
A: Both,but you need to keep up on courses. The nature of technology is always changing.
What do you do in your free time?
A: I like to travel. I've lived in various parts of the world & hope to keep exploring. I lived in London and have traveled through Paris & Europe. I am also an adrenaline junkie! (Sorry mom!)
Last but not least, what is the best advice for upcoming women in your industry
A: While it is cliché, I always preach "believe in yourself." If someone told me while I was modeling that I would be a software engineer for Nike I wouldn't believe them. Confidence begins with you; the most important thing is to believe in yourself. If you are different in any way, you will experience adversity, but adversity can be one of the greatest learning experiences. Trust yourself and enjoy the journey
No matter where you began your career path you can always change directions. As Reid says, " Believe in Yourself". In tech a male populate industry, we need more women in tech. I know a small amount of code from when I wanted to fix my two websites I created. Do you know how to code?