Hello! My name is Deb and I’ve been a curious and avid tech consumer for as long as I can remember. In an effort to better understand how tech is built, I chose to go into the BUCS program (Business and Computer Science) at the University of British Columbia, a combined major that is an amalgam of equal parts software engineering and business. Today, I sit at the intersection of technology and business and aspire to be a product manager upon graduation in May 2020 (with courses completed in December 2019), and highly enjoy working in an inclusive team environment.
During my time as an undergraduate student, I have taken on several different roles in and out of school. At school, some of these experiences include being Head Teaching Assistant of Sauder's largest management of information systems class (with 500+ students per term), a Microsoft Student Partner (selected to represent Canada at Microsoft Build, sitting front row to Satya Nadella), and VP Marketing of eProjects / VP Internal of Commerce Undergraduate Society Sustainability. Outside of the classroom, I've also been fortunate enough to experience several internships in Fullstack, Quality, and Back-end Software Engineering, as well as a Technical Product Management internship in the Bay Area.
For those who know me well, it's no secret that I am incredibly passionate about diversity and inclusivity initiatives and helped found the Girls in Tech Vancouver chapter (with hundreds of active members today), as Sponsorship director and as Event Lead for multiple sold-out events. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching girls aged from 7-18 how to code for organizations like Black Girls Code, Ladies Learning Code, and Bluesoxx. You can find a more comprehensive list of what I've been up to on my LinkedIn page.