OKWIT | Claire Riggs
Providing a forum for women in technology in Oklahoma
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Claire Riggs

Claire Riggs

claire-riggsTell us a little about yourself.

I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005 with a B.A., in Journalism of Advertising. When I was seven I asked for an electric typewriter. I thought I was destined to be a writer.

It wasn’t until college that I discovered graphic and web design.
I am an honorary member of the Myriad Gardens and a member of IAO, Individual Artists of Oklahoma and Women in Technology.

Well, I live my life for the loves in my life. My daughter is 17 and very much a handful! My wife owns a restaurant in the Paseo, OKC’s Art District called Picasso’s.

Describe your STEM experience.

I have been using my skills including; graphic design, professional writing, photography, and web design for 12 years. I have worked for mostly non-profits such as Casady School, Heritage Hall, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and Astec Charter Schools. I am very honored to be the Assistant to Dr. Freda Deskin. Working at a STEM school is very exciting.

What led you to a STEM career?

I love art and when I found out I could combine art with technology I knew I found my calling.

Why did you join OKWIT?

Well, I was working on a Luncheon for Dr. Donna Shirley and I was led to your site, I was so excited to see that such a group existed. After talking with a few members I was confident that this organization was for me.

What book are you reading right now?


Favorite TV Show? Movie?

Mr. Robot and Stranger Things / Movie: Beaches

What is your favorite App?


What would people be surprised to know about you?

I don’t cook, but I garden.

If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Steve Jobs, Barbara Streisand, and Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you could change one thing in today’s society, what would it be?