Kristina Smith is from Lake Charles, LA; but after 10+ years in Atlanta, she officially considers herself an "ATLien". After receiving her Computer Engineering degree from Prairie View A&M University, she moved to Atlanta in 2006 to work for Accenture Consulting as an Information Management Consultant. Kristina worked as a consultant for more than 6 years, contributing to the successes of many different projects across a broad spectrum of industries - from High Tech to Retail and even Government initiatives.
Desiring a change in direction, Kristina left corporate consulting in 2013 and took a year off to pursue international missions and volunteering, traveling to over 11 countries over the course of 11 months. Upon her return to the States, Kristina began working in the non-profit world as a program manager and coding instructor, working for organizations such as Adventures in Missions and Girls Who Code.
In September 2016, Kristina joined The Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) as the Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program Director. Dedicated to preparing youth for STEM opportunities beyond high school, she is responsible for the development and implementation of programs providing STEM workshops, training, special events and soft skills development to under served high school students in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Let’s break down the barriers for women in tech, one line of code at a time. Take part in strengthening the female programming community with a night of coding & empowerment.