LiTTeral Issue 2: Shavonn Brown
This post original appeared on the Turner Blog.
Welcome to the second installment of LiTTeral, Turner’s interview series featuring the Ladies in Tech at Turner, aka LiTT. To jog your memory, LiTT is a group of Turner technologists who gather for community and professional development. Their mission is to increase retention and recruitment of women in tech through compelling and authentic programming.
Today LiTTeral brings you Shavonn Brown, senior web developer, interviewed by Maigh Houlihan.
Maigh: How long have you worked here?
Shavonn: Four years ago, I was on a six-month contract working on the NBA. When it ended, I was like, I’ve got to get back to Turner because I really like working there. Everything is so nice. That’s coming from a contractor, not even a full-time employee with benefits, and I still thought it was awesome. I’ve been in a full-time role now for a little over a year.
So, you've been full time about a year?
Yeah ... I really, really like my job. I like the sites, the property itself. I love my team—I like everybody on my team, which I think is rare.
You're with NCAA.
Yeah, I work with Chip Harlan.
What do you do for fun?
I code a lot. I’m also in college part-time.
What is one thing you think people should know about you?
I don’t quit.
You're not a quitter.
Never quit anything. I might say I'm going to quit, but I won't do it. Can't do it.
That's a good trait. Grit. Okay, so favorite food?
Cuisine or dish?
I love Mexican food. And the steak at Stoney River.
Are you outdoorsy?
I like the outdoors. I go day hiking, but don’t stay overnight outside with the bugs. No way.
Are you a sports fan?
Okay. Is there a favorite team?
Atlanta Dream. I’m a fan of the Braves and Hawks, and I was a fan of the Thrashers when they were here.
Any advice for somebody just coming to Turner or just starting out in IT?
Open your mouth. Do not sit in a meeting and be quiet when you have an opinion just because you're young and have less experience. There is no reason why you cannot say exactly what you are thinking if you can articulate why.
That's key. I also think—you have this trait but you don't even know it—it’s important to seek answers.
A lot of times in meetings it's not just giving your opinion but asking the question.
Yes. That's also very important. When I first got here, people were talking about stuff that I didn’t understand. But you don't want to just sit there and know nothing. That's not going to get you anywhere. I'm always asking questions. There's nothing wrong with asking. Always say something. I used to think, "Oh you're young or people think you're stupid because you're kind of pretty." Stuff like that. I still get shocked faces when I tell people what I do. I'm like, Really? Are we still doing that?
Photos by John Nowak.