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Meet Our Mentors: Cassie Milicia

Cassie Milicia
Cassie Milicia

Cassie is a Senior Interactive Developer at Rosetta. She will be leading the HER Ideas in Motion Web Programming Workshop on October 19, 2013, teaching girls how to utilize HTML and CSS to create their own personal web pages.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger I wanted to be a video game designer for SquareEnix US and work on developing a Final Fantasy game.

Who was your hero growing up? Who is your hero today?
Growing up, I modeled myself after the strong women protagonists in the games I played, but no living person in particular. Today, it is women who stand up for what they want and who don’t sell themselves short -- women who are not afraid to take the risks to get to where they want to be.

What drew you to your current position?
In my high school computer class the final project was to make a website using geocities. The day it was assigned, I went out and bought my first HTML book. Since then I have been in love with the abundance of technologies and types of logic that I am able to use every day.

What advice would you give to girls who are interested in this field?
Learn all you can and network as much as possible. Technology never stops moving forward. As long as you want to learn, you will succeed. Read web magazines, search the internet for new techniques and frameworks and practice, practice, practice. No one gets good overnight.

What do you hope the girls will take away from your training?
I am hoping that the girls take away a sense of accomplishment that they were able to understand the code and build their pages as well as a curiosity to want to learn more.
When I first started coding all I wanted to do was see what other “cool” things I could do so I kept doing research. Now I’m in a position where I do that and get paid for it!

Is there anything you wish you had known earlier?
I wish I would’ve known how important graphic design was in my field. As a web developer, 90% of my work is done by coding designs that are given to me from our creative team. If I had taken time first to learn how much graphic design affects the layout and how the user perceives the site, then I feel I would have a lot more insight as to why creative does things the way they do.

What can young women do to figure out what jobs they may like?
Talk to people. Talk to your parents, your friend’s parents, your teachers, coaches, mentors and relatives. Everyone has gone through their own path to get to where they are today and everyone has their own stories. It’s most likely that they have been places you might not even know about and the only way to learn is to ask.

Pop Quiz with Cassie

Android, Apple or both?
I’ll admit it. Over the past 2 years I have become an Apple fangirl. Luckily though, my husband is strictly Android/PC so he tends to keep me grounded on issues where there is a large gap between the two.

TV, books, or apps?
Being in the tech field keeps me involved with all three, however, at home I'd have to say we're more of a video game family. Personally I would take Guitar Hero over a sitcom any day.

Converse or heels?
Although I appreciate a nice pair of heels, I am a converse girl all the way!

What’s your pet peeve?
Oh there are WAY too many to count. Lol. I don’t like my restaurant table to be in disarray (bottles and napkins thrown astray, etc.). I also have a pet peeve about people driving on my bumper. You do that, I will slow down.

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About the author
Marilyn Kaufman is a HER Ideas in Motion volunteer.