Denise Duana Malone has definitely earned bragging rights as the Queen of Tech.
Last year, she was voted “Technology Woman of the Year in Las vegas” by the National Center for Women and Information Tech.
She has more than 30 years of experience in the tech industry and has even started a local tech consulting company.
Malone started her journey in the field at just 7 years old with the help of a family mentor.
Over the decades, she’s witnessed both technology and the roles of race and gender evolve to a completely different place from when she first started.
She’s now using her journey to inspire younger generations to pursue careers in the tech industry.
Last month, she was the chairperson for an MLK jr. technology summit — the event highlighted the diversity of local technology fields.
The goal is to show kids that these opportunities all are within their reach.
“It’s important to me that opportunities are expanded to this next generation and that there’s room now in this field in this industry of technology for people that look like me both women, no matter what race, and African Americans,” Duana Malone said.
Last year, Malone also helped launch Nevada Help Desk, an online service for anyone in the community who needs IT help.
Clearly, the Queen of Tech is staying busy.
She’s already planning next year’s MLK Jr. technology summit. She couldn’t give away too many details but tells us she’s got a lot of exciting projects in the works.