Award winning leader with strong business transformation skills. Proven track record of working closely with colleagues to quickly identify business challenges, develop and deploy change management plans, and leverage innovative solutions that empower teams to succeed! While travelling and living around the globe and working at Boeing, Microsoft, Hitachi, Bridge Partners, Expedia, and Alaska Airlines, she leverages strengths in role as an expert communicator and IT experience (depth and breadth) acquired throughout roles as: Director, Chief of Staff, Senior Manager (Program/Product/Customer Service), Communications Manager, Women in IT Lead, and prior IGNITE Board of Directors.
While working at Microsoft she was awarded the coveted Circle of Excellence award for leading the Women in IT efforts, and the remarkable collaboration between Microsoft and IGNITE. She was also a joint recipient in Washington DC when the IGNITE Organization received their STEM focused award on the house floor of Congress in Washington DC several years ago.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I became involved in the early 2000’s when I first met Cathi Rodgveller. Cathi was in role as Career Counselor in Seattle Public Schools. At the time, I was the only female Lead Program Manager at a large Corporation helping deliver key functionality in a major software release – I remembered looking around the room at a meeting, being the lone female and thought… Where are the female colleagues, is this an IT industry wide issue? I assumed the women entering the workforce had not heard about the amazing opportunities awaiting them in STEM focused fields, so joined forces with Cathi to be the change. I helped lead events to invite young girls into the office so they could hear firsthand and learn about all the great opportunities awaiting them as they began to make career choices.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
There is nothing better than sharing your story, and seeing the look in a young students eye, when they connect with your message.
I was lucky growing up to have a family that encouraged me. We laughed and joked, and created our own take our daughter to work day years before it became a formal event. My father taught me to be brave and independent! IGNITE gives me the opportunity to fuel that in others! Let them know, if I can do this – they can too!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT IGNITE WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY?
Community is about us all working together, being inclusive and supporting each other in our professional ventures – and most importantly, through life. Donating time, and or funds is greatly appreciated.