our lives in many ways, Yanek points out. It empowers researchers to develop new
medicines, create clean water projects for developing countries, and build the next
generation of robots—one of Abril's favorite tech fields.
Abril met another future mentor, Mary Monroy-Spampinato, the Microsoft Operations
and Community Manager for the Midwest District, at her first DigiGirlz event.
"Mary and I spoke for a while, and she was interested in what I was doing at my
school," Abril recalls. "She invited me to reach out to her."
Monroy-Spampinato was immediately impressed with Abril's enthusiasm and straightforward
manner. "It was during the lunch break and there was one spot left at the table.
I grabbed it and happened to introduce myself to her," she says of Abril, who wasted
little time in asking when Microsoft planned to pay a visit to her school.
"'When is Microsoft going to come join us?'" Monroy-Spampinato recalls Abril asking.
"I said, 'Let me give you my business card, and we'll come and join you.'"