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Women Who Reign: Safia Abdalla

Happy Monday Reigners! Meet Safia Abdalla, a woman who is taking entrepreneurship into her own hands. Read how she is supporting the developer community, the tech pioneer she looks up to, and her amazing words of wisdom for other women!

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Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I’m an energetic software engineer with an interest in data science for social good, intelligent interfaces, and great coffee. I’m the founder and fearless leader of dsfa, a professional services startup aimed at providing data science services to small businesses. I’m also the organizer of PyData Chicago, where I bring an awesome community of developers and data scientist to build amazing open source software. In my free time, I enjoy working out, contributing to open-source software, and teaching people how to be awesome with code.

What # would define your life journey?
#Infinity, for the infinite impact that I hope to leave on the world.

Favorite website / app:
Terminal

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted (if any):
Dame Stephanie Shirley! She started an all-female software development in the 60s and not all gave the opportunity for women in her time to make money while working from home, she set the standard for what a tech entrepreneur is. I admire her persistence, business-sense, and technical savvy.

Song that makes you want to dance:
Flawless (Remix) by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj

Technical challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
The toughest technical challenge I’ve ever had to face was, unfortunately, in a class project. For a systems course, I had to implement an efficient memory allocator, something I would never do in my day-to-day as a data scientist. I ended up approaching it as one should approach any tough or large problem, I broke it down into pieces. Every night, I would spend about 45 minutes debugging or coding on the memory allocator until it was completed.

Ideal Job:
Technical CEO.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Fear nothing. Always wear comfortable shoes. They are belittling you because they envy your success. Little drops of water, tiny grains of sand; make up the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land. Books over boys, chocolate over everything. Workout for at least 45 minutes every day. Dress up on your down days. Grow stronger every day.

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