Relying completely on a stereotypical view of what a person in information technology (IT) or the technology world looks like we could all agree to create an image of a man, probably wearing glasses, pants and a button up shirt – add in a slight belly and a pocket protector for extra details.
Despite the gains in the field, inching slowly to celebrate more women joining and making an impact, that stereotypical character hasn’t waned. Prepare to be shocked when tech goddess Toni Robinson shows up at your doorstep with her pink tool belt ready to work on repairing your cracked iPad or computer.
“It’s so cliché that people just assume that tech or handy-persons have to have plumbers crack or is geeked out,” Toni, the founder of Stilettos & Screwdrivers, said.
The mother of two never planned to be the handy woman she is today. Growing up, Toni had dreams of dancing all around the globe. The seed to pursue a skill was planted by her mother who only wanted her daughter to have something to fall back on.
“My mother always said you always have to have multiple things you should be involved in and she’s not a tech savvy person,” she explained.
Now, Toni is running her own business – one that is completely on wheels, conveniently servicing her clients at their doorstep – and is focusing on bolstering the new generation of women in tech through speaking engagements and classes. Follow the click-clack of Toni’s heels in the following pages.