Artist & Illustrator.

Virginia is a prolific artist, illustrator, and designer. She lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where she is an artist and illustrator for Google Developer Studio via ASG staffing, where she makes illustrations, comics, graphics, presentations, and infographics. She in also an active member of Google’s Women Techmakers.

What does diversity mean to you?

To me, diversity means everyone is welcome, everyone feels comfortable sharing their story. It’s being in a space with people who may look nothing like you, and have nothing in common with your experience, and being able to share those experiences without fear. I think it’s easy to give lip service to diversity, but progress is really made when people can examine their own bias and how they can change that.

Why do you care about diversity?

I care about diverse communities because I don’t want to be a part of any group or institution that isn’t welcoming and acknowledging to everyone, for whatever reason. Diversity makes products better, it makes discussions better, and it makes people better.

What is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?

There isn’t a “finish line” in terms of work or accomplishments – it is all part of the process. Stop to appreciate how far you’ve come!

What is your advice to a young person starting their career?

Whatever works for you, works. Maybe it hasn’t been done before, maybe tools haven’t been used that way – whatever makes you different makes you great, use that to your advantage. Don’t do something just because someone else did it or you think it’s what you’re supposed to do.

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist is Frida Khalo. She’s such an inspiration.