On October 10, 2020, North America Oracle Academy team members Danielle Ferretti and Kameron Vachuska had the opportunity to attend the Ninth Annual Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference, held virtually this year. Tech Sassy is a non-profit organization based out of Orlando, whose mission is to empower middle and high school girls to pursue careers in STEM. Oracle Academy has been a long-time sponsor of the annual conference, which aims to bring together girls from all over for a day of fun and learning. Throughout the conference, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs, meet industry experts from area technology companies, and have insight-filled discussions with their community leaders.
Joining Oracle Academy at the conference was Oracle’s Raina Yancey, a principal technical support engineer. Raina also leads the Orlando area Oracle African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) program, and has been involved with Tech Sassy for a number of years. In a breakout session with the girls, Raina discussed the importance of STEM skills in today’s job market and brought to light the diversity of opportunities for girls in tech. She used free resources from the Oracle Academy Member Hub, like the Java Workshops In a Box, to demonstrate how fun and easy it is to take advantage of these free educational resources. The Oracle team closed out the session with a fun Oracle Academy trivia game for the girls. We’re already looking forward to next year!
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