Micki Balder

Web Development Intern to Software Engineer at Food52
I loved being part of a group of women that were all headed in the same direction as me.
Micki Balder
May 2009
Micki graduated from New York University

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She earned her BS in Media, Culture, and Communication

May 2009 - 2011
She worked various jobs in the food service industry given her passion for cooking but found herself frustrated at job prospects

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“After school, I moved back home and worked at a bakery for a number of years. That parlayed into a short internship working for the Good Food Awards in San Francisco, but when I returned I was frustrated with my job situation — I was bored of working in food service, yet other food-related jobs were hard to come by.”

Cooking, baking and swing dancing are all a huge part of Micki's life that relax her

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“One of the ways I met so many software engineers to begin with was because they’re all swing dancers!”

February 2013 - May 2014
Web Development Intern for start-up

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“I knew some people through the bakery that were starting an engineering services company and needed some initial help with marketing. I started there, and ultimately ended up taking on an intern-esque role as web developer. A few months there trying to teach myself to code was exactly the impetus I needed to apply to Hackbright!”

September 2014 - December 2014
Micki joins Hackbright Academy!

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“I loved having a group of women that were all headed in the same direction as me. I also appreciated having supportive instructors and informative lectures all of which helped me work through the industries best practices and most annoying quirks which would have so much harder when I was on my own!”

February 2015
Micki accepts her positions as a software engineer at Food52!

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“The goal was always to ultimately link food and tech together, but I had just assumed that that would be a ways down the road! When I saw the job opening on their site, I devoted virtually all of my mental resources to applying and networking for that particular position — it was the dream job after all, and 7-8 years earlier than I’d expected it. I’ve been a user of the site for many years, I love their mission, and I couldn’t think of a better place for me. Luckily, it worked out! I love my job, my team is an unbelievably supportive group of engineers, and I feel fulfilled by and am excited about the company I work for.”