Today we're getting to know one of Nevada's STEM Champions, Duana Malone, who has some advice for Nevada's students studying STEM today.
STEM HUB: Tell us a little about your history and what you do now.
Duana Malone: I majored in computer information systems in high school and college. After gaining years of work experience in private, public and government sectors, I started my own business in 1998 called Smart Multimedia which specialized in website designs. For nearly two (2) decades, my company created websites for non-profits, small businesses, corporate and large membership based organizations around the world. Due to personal life circumstances, I had to change my entire business model in 2014 to what it is known as today - Tech Queen Systems LLC specializing in training and consulting. My complete bio can be viewed at http://thetechqueen.com/about
SH: How did you get interested in STEM?
SH: What barriers have you encountered in your education or career and how did you overcome them?
DM: A major barrier that I had to overcome was being a double-minority in both classroom and work environments. In most of my classes and jobs, I was the only female AND African American, so I encountered several injustices such as lower pay than my male counterparts working the same job and unfair treatment. My solution was to simply start my own business using the faceless internet as my primary resource where race, age, religion, and gender does not matter to an unlimited potential number of virtual customers.
SH: What advice do you have for young STEM enthusiasts in school now?
DM: Persist until you succeed! Reach beyond the stars to achieve whatever you can conceive and believe. Don't let anyone or anything stop you from converting your dreams, visions and ideas into reality.
Duana has long been a STEM Champion for Nevada's students. Check out this video of her recent efforts to encourage all students to excel in STEM from the Dr. MLK Technology Summit at Zappos! http://nevadahelpdesk.com/2019-tech-summit