A Day in the Life … Alicia Arroyo Lucas

Who are you?

I’m a Director in an engineering firm, in the wireless industry. I’ve been in the wireless industry going on 19 years. I have a B.S in Telecommunications from DeVry University and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Business.

Where are you from?

My family has been in Southern California for generations. My grandfather was born in Los Angeles in 1925!

What volunteer activities have you enjoyed doing with ChickTech OC?

I’ve hosted networking Meetups which is always a fun way to meet other industry people, but my favorite activity was representing ChickTechOC at the 2018 Wonder Women Tech Conference in Long Beach. I had a mentoring table where I chatted with new grads about their career goals.

What made you want to volunteer with us?

I love advocating for girls and women in tech. I started my tech education in 1997 where females made up less than 5% of my classes but the few of us that persevered have managed to create successful tech careers. I want to show young girls and women that we can be recognized as intelligent equals in the job market in any industry.

What is your 8 to 5 schedule like at your job?

I actually work 9 to 6, because wireless doesn’t stay between bank hours. We actually have a lot of projects that have to be completed at night in the “maintenance window”.  I managed a team of 35 engineers and field technicians that I have to schedule on a daily basis.

Do you miss your old jobs?

When I started in wireless I was installing cell sites all over the country. I do sometimes miss all the traveling . It’s fun to see all the different states and to stay in small towns. I highly recommend young people to take jobs that require travel; it’s great experience to work with different types of people and see a world outside of your own backyard.

What made you go into technology?

When I was in high school in the mid-90s we were hearing stories of teenage computer programmers being hired by Microsoft or Apple getting huge salaries straight out of high school. It was the first time America’s youth (Gen X) was thought to have more knowledge than their parents’ generation and I just couldn’t help to want to be a part of it.

What do you hope to do in the near future?

I hope to see ChickTechOC continue to grow its volunteers base and expand its role in bringing more programs and events to the OC.

What advice you can give to girls who want to go into technology?

JUST DO IT! There are so many different types of tech based industry and jobs, whatever your passion is, there’s a tech job behind it: FinTech (financial tech), Gaming, Coding, Big Data Analytics, IT, Wireless, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, RF Engineering, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), IOT (Internet of Things), Immersion Tech, Tech in Fashion, Tech in Media, Tech in Entertainment, Tech in Agriculture, Tech in Medicine, etc.

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