Minolta Ndlovu, 21 – FUNDED

Originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Minolta Ndlovu is a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she’s studying computer science and economics; she wants to eventually work in tech product management. “This serves as a drive for me to keep on going,” the New Face of Tech winner says. “The win serves as a reminder that there is a tribe of women rooting for my success as a woman in tech.”

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

It makes me feel that all the dreams I have of becoming a world-class product manager in tech can become a reality.

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

I am very passionate about women’s education. I am the current president of the Girls Who Code Loop at Bryn Mawr College, where I teach women how to code as well as invite industry professionals to inspire students on campus. I plan to keep on elevating more women coders and building tools that help reduce the disparity.

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

I’ve faced a lack of resources to develop my skills to the level I would have preferred. But, above all, as a woman in tech who is just starting to find her footing, I have suffered from imposter syndrome.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I think about my community and the change that I want to bring for the women I left behind in my hometown who are looking up to me.

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

The funding will help me secure housing for the winter break as well as get a laptop upgrade.