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EP11 - Seats at the Keyboard: Mentorship Mission, Coding from Prison and Women Who Code

A conversation with Christina Roberts

Episode Summary

This week on the Carolina Code Cast, host Barry Jones chats with Christina Roberts, Chairwoman of the Board at the Agile Learning Institute. During this episode, Barry and Christina talk about opening technology careers via mentorship from the Agile Learning Institute, the Persevere program helping people learn to code from prison without an internet connection, local Women Who Code meetups, qualities of great programmers, the value of internships and Christina’s remarkable backstory. You won’t want to miss this!

“What that experience really taught me, being in nursing homes, seeing people's experience at the end of their life, you know, what they had wished they had done, what they're glad that they did, what really mattered. It was never a job. Not one single time.”
- Christina Roberts

Episode Notes

Highlights from this week’s conversation include:

  • Agile Learning Institute - Mission of Mentorship (0:52)

  • Persevere: Learning to code from Prison (5:27)

  • Getting involved with a Women Who Code Meetup (10:37)

  • Going through Build Carolina’s Carolina Code School (16:39)

  • Curiosity and Persistence (23:42)

  • Changing the World with Code (27:17)

  • SELECT * FROM internships WHERE exists = true (30:19)

  • Making Christina: On your own at age 15 in South Texas (43:38)


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Carolina Code Conference™
Carolina Code Cast™
The tech podcast of the Carolina Code Conference, a polyglot conference for all who code that's held every August in Greenville, SC. The podcast features interviews discussing a wide variety of topics from around the programming, DevOps and security community.