I wanted to be a scientist, a historian, a writer, a social entrepreneur, and a philanthropist.
I also wanted to live life to the fullest.
When I first entered the world of entrepreneurship and started working in a small office, I felt the pressure to make a difference, but I was determined to stay in my comfort zone.
I had to be the best person I could be.
I was fortunate enough to be raised by a single mom in a rural farming community in Oregon.
She instilled in me a love of science, technology, engineering, and math.
After college, I got my PhD in math and worked at a research lab with other mathematicians and statisticians.
I graduated from UCLA in 2009 and spent the next seven years at Caltech, where I earned my M.B.A. in statistics and the J.D. in psychology.
After my PhD, I returned to academia and spent seven years as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Education.
I am now the chair of the department of psychology at Cal Tech.
I’ve never had to work on a project as big as my own, and I feel fortunate to have been selected to be part of the first cohort of geniuses in our field.
My family has always been supportive, and they have been my biggest supporters.
I have a deep love for children, and it’s a gift to be able to spend time with them.
In the years after college, my family and I moved to New York City and I was drawn to the work of my fellow Caltech grads.
I wanted the chance to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, and we were fortunate enough that our first job was at Facebook.
My time there was so exciting that I felt like I had an obligation to help build the company.
I came to believe that being an innovator was the path to greatness.
But it was also an incredible responsibility.
At Facebook, I had the opportunity to be among the smartest people in the room.
I learned so much from my fellow employees and the incredible mentors who helped us make this incredible company.
My first job, and my first career, was at Google, where we worked on products ranging from search to mobile to advertising.
My second job, at Apple, was to help create the first iPhone.
When my third and final job came, I joined the Google Glass team.
It was a tremendous privilege to work alongside the world’s best and to contribute to their lives, but the most meaningful experience came when I joined Microsoft.
I joined Google in 2006, and during that time, I helped build the internet.
I went from building a billion-dollar company to building the world that we live in today.
My role at Microsoft was a passion and a mission, and the company’s future was bright.
My job was to make sure that Google was a top search engine.
But I also worked to help make the internet more accessible, more secure, and more open.
The success of our products, the impact of our software, and our community was something I felt I had a responsibility to make happen.
The biggest challenge at Microsoft, however, was the rise of social networking.
The social web, in particular, has transformed how we interact with each other.
I remember when I first learned about Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, and how much they changed the way we communicated.
I could never have imagined what the Internet would look like in the future.
As a result, I was deeply affected by the changes we saw as a result of social media and the rise in connectivity.
I saw a chance to do good in my career, and to help bring together the best minds in my field.
I became a social media pioneer and a social impact leader.
I took an important stand to empower women in the tech industry by being a part of an organization dedicated to gender equity and women in leadership.
I want to work in the social and digital spaces that enable women to succeed.
I think the greatest opportunity to help the world in my lifetime is to lead a company that has a clear, ambitious vision, but that also shares the benefits of our diversity.
I love being a social change agent, but at the same time, it’s important to be cautious because there’s no substitute for a good team.
In my next career move, I’m exploring a number of positions.
My dream is to be an angel investor and to work for a global start-up company that’s building a new class of products and services.
I’m so grateful to be here at CalTech, where my fellow students, mentors, and colleagues are so supportive and supportive of my ambition to build a better world.
And I know this: I have no regrets.
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