One of our favorite clients is Pat Renzi. She’s a quiet juggernaut in insurance, a director at the consulting firm Milliman. We were interviewing her for a story when she mentioned this program in Seattle, The Ada Developers Academy, designed to help mid-career professionals get into coding. We were intrigued. We did a little digging. The story kept getting better. So we headed north, cameras in hand.
The Ada Academy, we learned, is working to turn the tide for underrepresented groups, like women, people of color, and the LGBT community, in tech. We spent the day on site with the students and staff. And that was terrific. But we really wanted to tell the story through the eyes of the individual.
That’s when we met Aurora: one of two Ada students now interning at Milliman. Until recently, Aurora had been working odd jobs. Before that, she was a project manager at a tech firm, but became disillusioned by the obstacles that stood between her and the coding job of her dreams. The Ada Academy presented itself at just the right time.
Once the story began to unfold, we were so engrossed that we decided to film her again in Portland, at our expense. Unexpectedly, we ended up back in Seattle. Like everyone who hears this story, we were inspired. We hope you enjoy.