As Maydm’s new executive director, Dr. Christina Outlay hopes to inspire young women of color in the tech industry
There are so many challenges that exist for women and people of color in the tech industry that has been historically dominated by white men and still has major issues with gender and racial diversity. Dr. Christina Outlay has made it part of her life’s mission to creatively get young people interested in tech and to inspire the next generation of women and people of color in the tech industry.
“I love technology. I work in several areas with coding and computer networking and data. I try to instill that love for technology in my college students and also in the middle and high school students that I work with,” Outlay tells Madison365. “They don’t all pick up that love and passion for it, but some of them do and I love it when that happens.”
Dr. Outlay is the new executive director of Maydm, a local organization that introduces girls and youth of color to technology and programming through project-based learning to balance the disparities within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The board of directors and staff of Maydm made the offical announcement in late December. Outlay’s first official day on the job is today.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Outlay as Maydm’s next executive director. As we began the search for our next leader, we talked extensively about what qualities the ideal candidate would have and it quickly became clear that Christina would be a perfect fit,” Maydm Board Chair Jeff Mack said in a statement. “We were looking for a strong leader with a STEM background, and experience leading in a nonprofit or education setting – and we were fortunate to find a leader who has all of that.”