We had the good fortune of connecting with Sasha Alston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sasha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am the author of Sasha Savvy Loves to Code and Sasha Savvy Starts it Up. During high school, I noticed that there were very few women and people of color within my STEM-related classes and after school programs. This prompted me to write both books to encourage black and girls of color to gain tech skills and to teach them about entrepreneurship.

The sad truth is only 3 percent of black women work in the tech industry. As an author, I have been committed to inspiring youth through sharing my message across the world. We are on a mission to change this through my business, Sasha Ariel Ventures. We provide digital and print learning solutions designed to increase the critical skills students need to excel in school, career, and life so they can lead and flourish in a dynamic, technology-driven world.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Being exposed to technology in high school and having my first internship at Microsoft allowed me to know what my passion was at an early age. I knew that I wanted to increase the number of people who have an interest in technology and to change the perception of those in STEM fields. So, when I receive messages like this about the impact my book has made, I am extremely proud.

“Destiny pointed to the illustration of Sasha on the cover and said “Let’s pretend this is me. She said science and technology are her favorite things at school. But you know what? At school she is known as a trouble maker. She struggles with math and I don’t believe she seems as though she is paying attention. This book was a great beginning for helping us get to know her and support her more. Thank you! Representation matters. Authors like you are making a difference.”

This is exactly who I wanted to touch. Children like Destiny keep me motivated to complete what I have started.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Absolutely!

FOOD:
L’Ardente
Mayflower Club
Shoto DC

BARS/CLUBS:
El Rey
Rosebar
St Yves

MUSEUMS:
Artechouse
Glenstone
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother has been extremely supportive and helpful during this entrepreneurship journey. When faced with challenges during college and post-grad life, she’s always there if I need someone to talk to and for valuable advice. Becoming an author and public speaker while managing a full course load in college can be difficult so it was important for me to be surrounded by people who want me to succeed.

Website: https://sashaarielventures.us/

Instagram: @iamsashaariel & @sashaarielventures

Twitter: @iamsashaariel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SashaAriel22

Image Credits
Scholastic Super Science Magazine

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