“Do you have any hobbies?” This is a hard question. Over the years, my curious nature has led to paddleboarding, knitting, gardening, speaking Italian, and most recently, the ukulele. Of course, not every hobby becomes a lifelong passion. But I am always up for a new challenge. Read more…
I was dreaming about Aha! long before I knew it existed. Let me explain. It was a cold night in December 2014. I was at a cookie party — you know the kind, where you bake dozens of treats and swap with other guests. I was in the kitchen chatting with a childhood friend of the hostess. We were talking about her job as well as mine.
It all started with Mensa and math. As a kid, I loved to solve Mensa puzzles with my dad. I enjoyed the pattern recognition and problem-solving games. So when a high school math teacher introduced me to programming, I knew I had found an entirely new type of puzzle. And I could not wait to solve it.
I was always told I could do anything I set my mind to. And so I did. Growing up in a small town outside of Athens, Georgia, I tried just about every extracurricular activity you can imagine. Musical theater. Class president. Playing volleyball. Showing dairy heifers.
I love discovering new things. As a kid, I taught myself to program text-based adventure games on a TI-99/4A in BASIC. They were simple clones of games I enjoyed, such as “Colossal Cave Adventure” or “Zork.” Those countless hours of writing, debugging, and (don’t forget!) playing, taught me the foundations of programming.
I was bitten by the coding bug in my youth. When I was eight years old my father brought home an IBM XT. I was immediately mesmerized and spent my afternoons copying BASIC type-in programs from Compute! magazine.
In college, I was recruited to be one of the founding members of the St. Edward’s University women’s golf team. It was our job to help build a successful program and recruit even more talented players. We got a little better every year. Today, the program continues to thrive — 2016 was the 10th straight year that the team made it to regionals.
I wanted to design buildings. I love the breadth of skill that architecture requires — a mix of practical and strategic, creative and scientific, and overall leadership and business acumen.
I love to learn. As a young child I discovered reading, music, then dance. In college I pursued geography — the study of “what is where” and why. Pattern recognition and data visualization became second nature.
This is how I became a product manager. I was 24 years old and meeting with the CEO of the startup I had joined a year earlier. I was there to tell him I was interested in an open spot on the quality assurance team. He had another idea. The team needed its first product manager and he said I should consider it.
I accepted my first programming job long before I realized I was an engineer at heart. On that fateful day I was led downstairs, through the basement, into a broken computer storage room, and to a closet door. “Here’s your office!” Read more…
I have spent a lot of time working to be a better product builder. I set goals and did everything I could to perform at my best. Each opportunity was more exciting than the last and I propelled both my skills and my career forward.
I have had the good fortune to see the world from many cultures. I grew up in a small country town in Australia called Wagga Wagga (meaning “a place of many crows” in the area’s Aboriginal language). I went on to live in Vienna, Melbourne, and San Francisco, before settling in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each city has shaped the person I am today. Read more…
I’ve been fortunate to work for some of the world’s most successful technology companies. I’ve delivered a $10M project as an online product manager of Dell’s EMEA region. I’ve also been a senior consultant at IBM and led a digital product team at Vodafone UK.
I just joined Aha! as a People Success Manager. And to understand where I am now, you need to know where I came from. Four years ago, I joined OneLogin as Employee #16 — and grew the team to 185 employees over the next four years. Life from my viewpoint was good. I had a plum role at one of North America’s fastest growing SaaS companies. And I built their recruiting organization from scratch.