Kimberly Valenny is empowering the next gen of women in tech to chase goals and smash stereotypes
Kimberly Valenny’s motivation to study IT at uni came from looking around her classroom in high school. “In a class of 16 IT students, I was the only female,” she explains. “That made me even more determined to get it done and do it right!”
Now she’s in her fourth and final year at QUT in Brisbane, studying a double degree in Information Technology and Creative Industries, with majors in Computer Science and Interaction Design.
Still passionate about equality in tech, Kimberly is the president of the Women in Technology (WIT) student club, which welcomes anyone with a common aim to unite, inspire and empower women studying and pursuing all sorts of tech fields.
This year, WIT hosted a ‘Women in STEM Industry Night’. The event provided students with insights into the importance of gender diversity in STEM as well as the significant roles women play in the industry. “My favourite part was seeing all the connections made between students and companies from the industry,” Kimberly says.
It was a full-circle experience for her too. Two years prior, at the same event, Kimberly connected with Deloitte representatives and scored herself an internship in their digital team. She’ll also be returning there in 2022 as a graduate.
And when she’s not at uni? Kimberly works at Code Camp, teaching primary school students how to create their own games using drag-and-drop coding. “If students can understand the programming logic and design considerations behind technology while in primary school, then the future is in great hands,” she says.
When it comes to tackling hurdles for women in tech, Kimberly believes it’s important to find your STEM tribe. “When you surround yourself with people who will support you and have been in your shoes before, you gain a feeling of confidence you wouldn’t have found anywhere else.”
Kimberly’s study and career pathway
- Bachelor of Information Technology / Creative Industries, QUT
- Area Coordinator and Head Teacher, Code Camp
- Undergraduate Intern, Deloitte Digital
- President of Women in Technology, QUT
- Tutor, Girls Programming Network
- Faculty Student Ambassador and Sessional and Academic, QUT
- Meet an Atlassian Product Designer
- 5 minutes with an Industrial Designer
- Meet a UX Designer with a non-uni pathway
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.