Ariel Belgrave on aligning your career with your passions and interests

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| October 17 2016,

01:27 am


Ariel Belgrave is busy helping people take things to the next level. She's the programs director at /dev/color, a nonprofit startup working to advance the careers of black software engineers. /dev/color helps members network and gain knowledge and support that helps them to succeed in the industry







Get to know Ariel further before she presents at AfroTech this November, and read our interview with her below:

Blavity: As the programs director at /dev/color and the founder of Gym Hooky, what does a typical day in the life look like for you?

Ariel Belgrave:
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.noon to 6 p.m.8 p.m.,



Blavity: As /dev/color works with more engineers and continues to build and see success, what do you think has been the most impactful moment for you working with black software engineers? Any specific moments that made the hard work you’ve put in all make sense?

Ariel Belgrave:


Blavity: I read that you originally planned to be a doctor before pursuing your current career. How did you ultimately decide to make the change, and what advice would you have for someone who is afraid to take a leap in their career?


Ariel Belgrave:




Blavity: What was your experience breaking into the tech space? When did it happen and how did you make it work? 


Ariel Belgrave:







Blavity: With Gym Hooky you help women incorporate healthy habits into their already hectic lives. This is a feat that many people feel is impossible, so what advice do you have for someone who wants to incorporate more time taking care of themselves and their health but feels like they already have a jam-packed schedule?


Ariel Belgrave:



  • Take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators
  • Walk or jog instead of driving shorter distances
  • If you have kids, run around and play with them rather than just watching
  • Walk around the airport during your layover as opposed to just sitting
  • Ditch the conference rooms and have a walking meeting with your coworker
  • Squeeze in some sit ups or lunges in while watching T.V. (or during commercials if you can’t be distracted during your favorite show)


Blavity: What’s on the horizon with /dev/color? How about Gym Hooky? What can readers hope to see soon?

October 13th - November 16th.


Gym Hooky’s Beginner Guide to Home Workouts

For more from Ariel Belgrave and other game-changers, get your tickets to AfroTech! We'll see you there. 

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