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Candace Cooper Helps Pave the Way for Women in Technology

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Perficient strives to build a culture that empowers everyone to achieve their personal and professional goals. Colleagues are supported and championed to pave their own career path, and Candace Cooper is living out this mission.

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Candace joined Perficient as a senior business consultant more than five years ago. Since then, she has transitioned over to the technical side to become a technical consultant. She followed her passion to find a role that challenges her and gives her the opportunity to do what she loves. Candace shares her talents beyond her role by serving as a committee co-chair in Perficient’s Women in Technology (WiT) Employee Resource Group (ERG) and volunteering as a mentor for Perficient’s Bright Paths Program. Keep reading to learn more about Candace’s life at Perficient.

Candace Cooper Perficient Photo (002)What is your role? Describe a typical day in the life.

I started at Perficient in July 2017 as a senior business consultant. I bounced around a lot in the beginning of my career, but I figured out that I really wanted to be a developer. When I interviewed with Perficient, I was told that the transition from business consultant to technical consultant would be possible. I switched roles to go over to the technical side of things in late 2020, and my first project as a QA was in October 2021. I am now a full stack developer helping to build a new website on a client project.

What is your role in Perficient’s WiT ERG?

I have remained very active in WiT during my time at Perficient, and I am now a co-chair on the WiT programing and events committee. I have worked on many events and pushed for different proposals to partner with other companies to support our mission of helping young women in the tech industry.

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Heidi Kim, a senior project manager, and I run Coffee Breaks, WiT’s quarterly virtual networking event. As Perficient has grown, so have our Coffee Break events. People from all over the world join to connect with other women across different teams and departments at Perficient. My network at Perficient and beyond has grown tremendously because of WiT. I get to hear a lot of cool stories from women in STEM that inspire and motivate me to encourage girls in whatever ways I can.

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Please tell us more about your Bright Paths mentorship experience. What did you learn during your experience being a mentor, and how have you grown from it?

Being a mentor to a Bright Paths student helped me learn more about coding itself. My mentee was learning a massive amount of code throughout the boot camp, and this took me back to some of the basic coding fundamentals. As my mentee was learning these new skills, I was learning right along with her.

I also learned a lot about myself and how I like to be coached and taught. It was an eye-opening experience because not everyone processes information the same way. It has really helped me on projects with my one-on-one communication because I’ve learned to really understand and listen to figure out what people are going to be receptive to. I have taken the skills I learned from being a mentor to build better relationships with my team and clients.

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Whether big or small, how do you make a difference for our clients, colleagues, communities, or teams?

The most meaningful ways I make a difference at Perficient beyond my role are through WiT and Bright Paths mentorship.

Throughout the 16 weeks of the Bright Paths Program, one of my main focuses as a mentor was trying to build up my mentee’s confidence. I let her know that it’s okay to make mistakes, and the most important thing is to keep pushing through. We worked on building her coding and business skills as well as her confidence. Seeing her confidence grow was the most rewarding part for me.

What advice would you give to colleagues who are starting their career with Perficient?

Don’t be scared to change career paths if you find something you enjoy. Developing is fun to me, and I enjoy it so much that I do it in my personal time as well. My advice is if something makes you happy, just go for it!

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What are you passionate about outside of work?

I’m passionate about my family, friends, and dog. I moved from Denver to Austin, Texas, to be closer to my family. I love getting to see my niece and nephew grow up.

I’m also passionate about traveling and working out. One of my favorite places I’ve been to is New Zealand. My boyfriend and I went for a month in 2017, and we drove through the whole South Island. We had so much fun, and it was a super cool island!

Another awesome experience was when I traveled to India for my brother and sister-in-law’s engagement party. I was able to get some travel tips and advice from my colleagues based in India, and this helped me better prepare for the trip. It was a really cool country with amazing temples and beautiful architecture.1 Kurtis And Me Hawaii Zipline Jun2021

What’s something surprising people might not know about you or your background?

I like extreme adrenaline. I’ve been sky diving four times. I have also been bungee jumping once, and I’m going again next year in Switzerland, which is the second highest bungee in the world.


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Thoughts on “Candace Cooper Helps Pave the Way for Women in Technology”

  1. Candace Cooper is truly a trailblazer and an inspiration for women in technology. Her dedication and passion for her work have not only led to her own success but have also opened doors for many other women in the industry. It is heartening to see women like Candace breaking down barriers and proving that gender should never be a limitation in pursuing one’s career aspirations.

    Her leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusion in tech are especially important as we strive for more representation and equality in the field. Her story is a reminder of the importance of having strong female role models and mentors who can offer guidance and support to those following in their footsteps.

    I hope that Candace’s accomplishments will inspire more women to pursue careers in technology and help create a more diverse and inclusive industry for everyone.

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Carolyn Kroupa

Carolyn is a Communications Associate Marketing Coordinator based in St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on Perficient employer branding and corporate communications. She joined the company in May 2022.

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