From Aspiring Mortician to Mainframe Coder
A Career in Technology Transformed my life…. You Can DO It Too!
Marlin G. Williams is an speaker and media contributor with an expertise in Diversity, Inclusion, and Technology. Marlin has a passion for empowering women in re-careering into the field of technology and exposing them to the world of coding, technology careers and entrepreneurship.
Marlin has 20+ years experience as a Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for two Fortune 500 Organizations, Mainframe Programmer, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Human Resource Executive and Technology Entrepreneur and STEM Advocate.
Taking the Challenge
After college, Marlin was an aspiring mortician working at a funeral home until she heard about a technology corporation’s boot camp. Participants learned to program in seven different languages in 13 weeks. At the age of 25 Marlin took the challenge, joined the company and survived the boot camp. In less than a year she was developing and maintaining code for the automotive and banking industry, along with other exciting projects.
Seeing the Success
Marlin moved quickly up the corporate ranks and ultimately became the company’s first Diversity and Strategic Business Executive, including implementing a successful strategy to bridge the racial, gender, and socio-economic gap in the field of technology. Marlin transitioned from the private sector to the public sector and became Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Detroit. Marlin and her team successfully developed the City’s first e-government initiative. She also lead a collaboration across ten unique agencies to support the technology and infrastructure required for Super Bowl XL. Marlin later started Knowledge Brokers, which she built into a nationally recognized staffing and strategic business consulting organization.
Paying It Forward
Marlin wanted other women to experience the awesomeness that a career in technology had afforded her. She was living proof that a career in technology could transform your life and open the door to endless opportunities. Marlin founded Sisters Code with a simple goal: to awaken the mature geek. Sisters Code’s mission is to educate, empower, and entice women ages 25 – 85 to explore the world of coding and technology. Simply put, Sisters Code is working to bridge the gender gap by helping women re-career into the field of technology.
Marlin travels the world serving as a STEM Advocate inspiring girls and women to believe that they can learn, work, and flourish in the field of technology. Most recently Marlin was selected to serve as a contributor and speaker for Microsoft’s Global DigiGirlz programs and camps. Utilizing her expertise as a technology strategist, Marlin partners with organizations to develop, manage, and support their internal and external technology outreach initiatives around STEM, diversity, and empowerment for women and girls. Marlin has also served as a speaker for SXSW, Techonomy Detroit, Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion, and More.
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