I have spent the last 18 years of my career in IT and have worked at Microsoft, Zones, and now REI. I am a mother of two boys (18 & 9). My oldest plays golf for a college in Mesa, AZ and hopes to become a pro. My youngest is 100% baseball and plays for a local select team. My husband is the CFO of his family owned company that manufacturers parts for Boeing planes. I was born and raised in Washington, and although I’ve moved around a bit, I’ve ended up here permanently. I attended Auburn High School and attribute my DECA classes and teachers as a big part of my early success. I not only work in IT, but own an online boutique called My Pampered Life, where I am a stylist for friends and clients with clothing, jewelry, and accessories in my spare time.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I learned about the ignite program through our former CIO at REI, Julie Averill. I was asked to participate in multiple events, but my favorite was a high school panel at Thomas Jefferson HS.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
I had no idea how many girls there are that lack confidence, are scared to put themselves out there and do something different, and have such challenging home life situations. At the panel, the girls really opened up to me and I helped them see the potential of taking care of themselves, and even being able to support a family with jobs in IT. They were so excited and felt empowered during the discussion.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
Even if you only have a few hours a month, there are things you can do to make a difference. There are girls waiting to hear your success stories, lessons learned, and ways to get ahead. I truly value the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others and help them bypass some of the pitfalls people face early in their careers.