Kerri P., 23 – FUNDED

“I was screaming out of excitement when I found out I won!” says Kerri P.  “Winning this empowers me to pioneer change and make a lasting impact in the tech world.” For this New Face of Tech winner, that means eventually working as a user experience researcher within the gaming industry.

But, first, she is planning to continue her education as a graduate student within a Human Factors program, having completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It signifies an opportunity to represent innovation, diversity, and progression in the tech industry. It’s not just a title but a platform to advocate inclusivity for the underrepresented in tech.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

Increasing the representation of women in STEAM requires not only opening doors but also fostering inclusive environments and dismantling systemic barriers to ensure diversity and equity.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

A significant challenge I’ve faced is the doubt cast on my capabilities — particularly as a woman entering a male-dominated space, such as the gaming industry.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

What keeps me motivated and focused on my goals is the passion I have for being in a space that I love.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

It is instrumental in helping me achieve my ultimate goal by empowering me to pursue education beyond college. With increased knowledge and a higher degree, I’m equipped to break into the career and industry that I’m passionate about.