Hometown: Mahnomen, Minnesota
Current residence: Downtown Minneapolis
How did you come in contact with the local Girls in Tech Chapter & how long have you been a member?
I went to a three-week summer program at Booth, where it became clear to me that I was really into technology in general. After that, I stumbled across a GIT Happy Hour and really connected with the members there and felt at home.
Jacque Urick mentioned that they were looking for PR support, so I really just wanted to help out with that initially. Fast forward three months, and Jacque is now leaving, so I was interested in the opportunity considering that I have the passion and the timing is right. So it’s been less than a year since my first exposure to the group.
Right now, I’m the interim Managing Director, but if things work out, I’d like to be the actual Managing Director by May and serve for 2 years.
Who else is on the board of the local chapter?
And we have an opening for the PR/SM spot
What are your goals and objectives as the interim lead or more permanent MD?
-Better establish the vision for the group; a lot of great ideas have been raised that can be implemented, but maintaining a steady vision is going to be necessary.
-More cohesive outreach around our activities and communication channels
-To connect with the younger generations, to get more young girls excited about technology.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Business Analyst at Target.
After graduating from Macalester with a degree in mathematics, I started in a 15-month rotational program called the Technology Leadership Program at Target. The program places “TLPers” in various roles in support, infrastructure and development areas. From there I decided to move to the multichannel business technology team. It’s an intermediary between the hardcore tech side and the business side of things. TV Wall and video game learning center are a few things that I work on, as well as new technologies coming to stores like tablets and kiosks. Really anything that’s digital and consumer facing.
What else are you into?
I’m writing a book and doing a lot of blogging lately. I also like video games… The Sims and Roller Coaster Tycoon are some of the PC-based games that I play, plus Nintendo for sure, big on Super Mario Bros. The original.
I also read a lot – nonfiction, Chelsea Handler and Augusten Burroughs are my favorite. Most recently I’ve been looking into business schools as I’d like to get my MBA.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you’re a female working in Minnesota’s tech industry, or you’d like to be, check out our upcoming happy hour.