Liz leads and teaches for the San Francisco chapter of Girl Develop It!, a worldwide organization aimed at helping women get into programming. She learned to write databases before she learned to write essays. Her parents were both software engineers. After leaving school to work on one of the first EMR programs in the country with her father, Liz did contract software development until she was old enough to leave home. She had a brief sojourn into Kindergarden teaching, but ultimately couldn’t leave programming. After that, she tooled around building software and leading teams for a number of large corporations, and ended up rewriting most of the fraud prevention systems for 8 of the top 10 banks in the country.