To support and celebrate Women’s History Month, Intel is sponsoring the Girl Geek X virtual conference, an all-day, free event designed to elevate the careers of women in technology via talks on leadership and belonging, healthcare innovations, AI, and the future of work. I am excited to participate as a speaker this year and to connect with and learn from the Girl Geek X community. As part of this engagement, I’d like to share some of my own history as a woman working in technology for the past 21 years.
Growing up in pre-Internet Los Angeles, technology wasn’t as big of a career option as it is these days. While my parents encouraged me to pursue traditional careers in medicine or law, I found myself more interested in playing computer games, building PC systems, and watching shows like The Transformers, The Bionic Woman, and Robotech. While I enjoyed math and science, I lost track of time reading literature, studying history, and learning foreign languages. When it came time for college, I cast a broad net outside of California and decided to attend MIT. This decision was an important step in my journey to tech and my studies at MIT helped me develop an affinity and aptitude for communicating with engineers and innovators.
After college, I joined a consulting firm to help Fortune 1000 customers solve technical problems in the field of security. This was a great opportunity to work with both the engineering and business sides of organizations. After grad school, I decided to focus on technical product marketing and become “the engineers’ marketer.” This path enabled me to use both the left and right sides of my brain, translating difficult technologies in a way that resonated with both technical and business audiences. Hardware and software tools for building AI applications are the latest in the line of technologies I’ve had the pleasure of learning about and representing, but the best thing about my job is that there is always something new waiting to be discovered around the corner.
I’m proud and grateful to work at Intel, a place full of colleagues and mentors who teach me so much. At Intel, we have the opportunity to be a part of building AI solutions that inspire me. One project that my colleagues have just launched is a tool that leverages AI to extract career tips from the collective wisdom of experienced women. The data they collect will be shared with young women who are starting their career journeys. I see tremendous opportunities in AI to solve problems – both large and small. I hope you’ll join me at the Girl Geek X conference to gain valuable insight and support from other fellow travelers in tech.
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