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Flatiron School Celebrates Women Making History NOW in Product Design

Posted by Flatiron School  /  March 1, 2022

Tech has a gender diversity problem, and Flatiron School is on a mission to change it. 

Right now, at this very moment women are creating, innovating, and changing the tech landscape, across a variety of fields, and yet still the majority of tech’s employees are men by about 2:1 (Source). 

But at Flatiron School, we’re breaking the bias. And the women at Flatiron School are making history in tech right NOW. We’re working hard to make opportunities available for more women in tech through scholarships, women in leadership (our CEO and Chief of Staff), and strong women instructors.

These are the stories of our Flatiron School instructors who are innovating both in their own work and how they lead our students. They are making history in tech NOW.

Flatiron School instructors making history in product design

Bani Phul-Anand, product design lecturer

I made the switch from branding to Product Design while at Amazon, overseeing performance design for 9 brands under the Quidsi umbrella. I’ve since worked at startups, and big and small clients. I’ve now been working in design for over 2 decades and teaching design for over 14 years. 

What is your favorite/coolest project you’ve worked on?

My favorite project was working with Fordham University’s Business Intelligence Department to design an internal tool for different types of faculty and admin. 

It was fascinating to see design bring together multiple disciplines and user types and allow them to function and thrive off a system built on diverse user needs. It was the first time I felt the responsibility of a designer in advocating for users’ access to the right technology.

* For job-seeking women graduates included in the 2020 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period.

** For job-seeking students who accepted full-time salaried jobs during the reporting period and disclosed their compensation. The average starting salary for students who took full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, or freelance roles and disclosed compensation was $31/hr for graduates who identified as male and $33/hr for graduates who identified as female. Average pay for a part-time role was $24/hr for graduates who identify male and $30/hr for graduates who identify female.