I, McKenzie Faith Webb, am a high school senior at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. I am currently a member of the National Honor Society and I am a mentee in the National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow Program. I play club competitive (FC Dallas) and high school Varsity soccer – I am one of the Team Captains on my high school team. During my high school soccer career, I have been voted Offensive MVP (freshman year) , Academic All-Star (freshman-junior year) , and Honorable Mention for the Frisco Independent School District All-District Team. I am also a Legacy Leader for my school, which is a position appointed by our principal and allows me the opportunity to serve as a tour guide and mentor for incoming freshman students. And lastly, I am proud recipient of the Lone Star High School Academic Excellence Award for 2021.
The main focus of my community service efforts has centered around food insecurity. I have worked with the North Texas Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children, The Salvation Army, and the community garden at New Life Community Church: all nonprofit organizations that seek to provide food resources for families in the area. While working for these organizations, I have learned that 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 6 children faced food insecurity in 2021. I am hopeful that my efforts helped to close those gaps.
I have played soccer for the majority of my childhood and, while I do enjoy the adrenaline rush of competition, I will be giving up soccer to pursue my career goal of becoming a computer software engineer. I enjoy computers: the programming and coding that I have done in various STEM programs and throughout high school, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge and building my career around this very fast paced industry. In computer programming and software engineering, I have noticed that there are not as many Black females represented. I intend to change that landscape by one day forming a Black female engineering and consulting firm that will provide companies with our collective expertise and talent. I am also passionate about providing access and knowledge to younger generations, so my consulting firm will also provide mentoring and STEM-enriched training programs to serve students in underserved communities. I have benefited from such programs myself, so I will use my resources from the firm to reach back and help the next generation.
I am not assuming that I will be the first to open a Black Female computer engineering firm – I am sure there are others out there that are thriving and representing well. I plan to use my time in college to learn about firms like these that are currently established and gain as much guidance and skills that I can in order to be ready when the time is right to set up my own establishment.