Beth is a Kenyan Citizen by birth. She is a graduate of Taita Taveta University where she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Information Technology. She also graduated from KamiLimu as a mentee.She is currently working at Safaricom as a Change Management Engineer. Beth is passionate about technology most specifically women in technology – for that reason, she has been involved in majority of women in technology activities and doing various tasks. For example, she organized events with Pwani Teknowgalz, Safaricom Women in Technology, and the Africa Women In Technology. She is also a founder of Taita Taveta University Tech Ladies which is a society in the institution that is promoting and encouraging ladies to participate in technology activities and to make use of the available opportunities out there.
Why did you get into STEM?
I got into STEM because in high school, I used to perform well in science and mathematics. My science high teachers encouraged me to consider doing a STEM related course in my university which I did and found to be very interesting. This encouraged me to go on and pursue a career in STEM.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
My greatest achievements are being able to work for my dream company. In 2016 I was awarded a scholarship by Microsoft and ACWIT to attend and participate in Africa Africa Code Hackthone in Egypt. My group emerged second best during the KamiLimu Pitch Competition. We were also the best team in an Internal Hackathon held by Safaricom. I was also awarded a lifetime scholarship by A Cloud Guru to sharpen my skills in cloud.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
Making your presence know is a challenge that as a woman I have faced. Sometimes I would attend tech events and find out that the male gender is dominating the event. In such a situation we, the females, find it hard to make our presence known because of the fear that the males might know it all and may be what might say may not be important.
I have had a lot of such challenges. Dealing with this has not been easy so for me. Therefore, I expose myself to this environment and challenge myself to make my presence known by answering any question that may arise and to give suggestions. Being up to date with current technology has helped me a lot in making my presence known.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
There are so many opportunities out there that are supporting women in the field of STEM so I would advise and encourage my fellow women in STEM to BE BOLD and grab the opportunities. Sometimes you get the opportunities; sometimes you learn if you miss the opportunity.