Women in tech

Nelly Moffett

Women in tech-ElevatHer App

Tell us a little about yourself? How did you decide which course you wanted to take at University?

Well, my first career choice was Foreign Affairs and I absolutely loved it. I started my career working for the Canadian Embassy in Mexico ( that is why I ended up in France). At that time I was passionate about history, for me, Foreign Affairs started shaping our world after the second world war, you know as a way to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. The European Union is a great example of how completely different countries understood how it is better to work with each other rather than against each other. When I started University, I always pictured myself working for an ONG to help people around the world. Now, thanks to a career change, I got the opportunity to found my own nonprofit organization and help people through technology and education.

What has your journey been like from uni till now? What made you take the leap and join the tech industry? What are you most excited about in the industry?

I never thought I will be in the tech sector, the only regrets I have is that I wish I had discovered it before because I'm having a great time and I never thought it could be so much fun. The first time I really saw the impact that technology can have on people's lives, was when I was an Ambassador for the Ronald McDonald Foundation in Bordeaux. Their mission is to help the families of hospitalized children. With Stephane Imbert, a French ex-fighter pilot, we organized a drone event to help families discover this technology and play with it to have a moment to bond in a difficult situation. They also discovered how drones could allow people in a wheelchair to fly over the forest or fly into a cave and explore it. He started this new activity because he had to renounce to his career due to health problems and this was devastating for him, but thanks to drones he discovered a new passion and built a very successful business where he also helps wounded soldiers to have a new career in drones.

Tech is a relatively ‘new’ industry, how do you suggest people interested find out more about it?

Computer science is everywhere, even in our pockets. People have the right to understand how they work, why they are important and have access to technology. What is pretty cool today is that we can find online all kinds of information and interactive and fun ways of learning and discover technology like the YouTube channel Crash Course. I totally recommend they're series on computer science and the one about artificial intelligence... they also have a great one on world history ;)

What made you say yes to becoming an ambassador for ElevatHer?

I believe that networking in a supportive and encouraging environment where you can learn and grow together adds tons of value to how we evolve as a woman and a professional. The ElevatHer app offers an easy and innovative solution to empower our professional careers and other women wherever we are.

How do we get in touch with you if we want to know more?

The best way is probably through Linkedin or Twitter.