#WomenHistoryMonth Success Stories

Jessica Yoo Perry

Jessica Yoo Perry served in the U.S. Coast Guard on activity duty for 11 years and 8 of those years was at sea. After leaving the military, she continued advanced studies, pursuing two graduate degrees, including an MBA from Duke University and an Industrial Engineering M.S. degree from the University at Buffalo. Upon graduating, Jessica worked for the federal government, including time as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Afterward, she joined a software company in a senior analyst role.

Shegot involved with VetsinTech through the many educational programs and special events available to veterans. Jessica bolstered her technical skills even more. She took courses in front-end development and cloud computing,  which sharpened her talents ever more, enabling her to pursue more technical roles.

Meanwhile, Jessica began networking at some of our online events. After our VetsinTech Invasion, Amazon reached out to Jessica for a potential job opportunity. Although she was short-listed for Amazon’s final round of interviews, Jessica ended up accepting a full-time IT position as a cybersecurity specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Ariana Ferguson

My journey to implementing self-care as a major part of my life started on the opposite side of the pendulum. My deployment to Afghanistan was a bit of a blur with minimal hours of sleep and a desk littered with energy drinks, but I can recall the moment I received a care package with a natural shampoo that had a strong tea tree and mint scent. This gift started me on a holistic path of self-healing and growth. And therein lies the foundation of Sulh, a company I founded in 2020, – to heal, love, protect, and grow by returning to nature’s gifts with whole, organic, natural formulas that are intended to nourish our vessels and our souls.

VetsinTech has been a tremendous resource in helping me establish my business and expand my entrepreneurial and technical skillset. I attended a VetsinTech Web Dev course in 2020 which gave me the skills to set up an ecommerce store that I launched a few months later. Sulh is an online store offering natural, handmade wellness and beauty products. Thanks to Vetsintech I was able to better understand fundamental business principles including the knowledge to set up an LLC. The knowledge I acquired through Vetsintech was also helpful in terms of understanding marketing and growth strategy. I am truly grateful to be a member of such a nurturing and proactive community.

Chasity Wright

Chasity Wright is the founder and CEO of Infiltron, a company whose software prevents catastrophic cyber-events and security breaches before they even happen. Chasity enlisted in the USAF in 2002. As an Air Force engineer serving with her squadron in Iraq, Chasity had to respond to a cyber attack against her unit’s communication systems, during which hackers launched different types of attacks against the same system, but all at once. That experience was part of the genesis behind her startup Infiltron.

Chasity is recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a 2018 TCX Fellow, a 2020 Ada Lovelace Nominee, and a member of the inaugural class for the 2020 Google For Startups Atlanta Founders Academy and the 2020 NASDAQ Mentorship Circle for Black Founders & Entrepreneurs. Chasity has also helped co-created legislation for funding of STEM organizations in Georgia for densely populated areas of people of color.

Chasity has had a long history with VetsInTech. She has participated in many of our VetsinTech programs and networking events, and has spoken at our panels in the past. The VIT team also helped with pitch review and pitch practice for Infiltron and assisted in making investor introductions. We are honored to be a part of success story journey.