Leadership Spotlight | Jacob Schwartz, Financial Chair

headshot-sqDescribe what you do in one sentence. 

Software engineer. I’m a maker who integrates design, function and tech.

How did you get involved with KCWiT?

I joined CoderDojo KC’s leadership team last year. CoderDojo KC is powered by KCWiT. There was a lot of overlap with a similar leadership role at KCWiT so it made sense for me to wear both hats!

What is your technology background?

I was tinkering in web technologies as a kid, but back then, it didn’t seem like a career. So I kept it as a hobby while I pursued architecture. I was always the one figuring out how to build the best digital tools. And there’s a lot of overlap with software in terms of making “things.” I was moonlighting in web development until eventually I wanted to try it as a full-time gig. I haven’t looked back!

What is one thing you learned or a memorable experience from your time on the KCWiT Board?

I’m still pretty new here, but it’s pretty obvious that there’s a huge demand for women to become techies. From professionals in the industry to the media, to parents and kids, everyone wants to help that happen.

What’s your favorite Kansas City secret?

Kansas City! It’s the most underrated city in the U.S. (I say that as an outsider.)

If you could have anyone from history, living or dead, as your mentor, who would it be and why?

Captain Kathryn Janeway. Future history counts, right? She’s able to turn extreme adversity into advantage and build strong relationships in a complete void.

What’s your favorite weekday and why?

Thursday. At emfluence (where I work), that’s Burger Day. I enjoy burgers but I love the ritual of going out to lunch with my co-workers.

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