Ingram Micro dared to give me a chance as a recent graduate. Since joining this company, I have been granted the opportunity to expand my network and connect with the teams that drive it on a global scale. Prior to this my goal was to continue to learn about web development, but I was introduced to different branches of tech that revolutionized this perspective. I am grateful to have been a part of four different teams, each helping me grow as an individual.
The rotations I’ve completed include: Global Digital Strategy where I was given insight into UI/UX, digital analytics and web development, Infrastructure Operations where we focused on change management and automating business processes with Microsoft Power Automate, Information Security where I learned the Flexera IT software to identify relationships between servers and business applications located worldwide, and I’m currently in Global SAP where I am project manager for the rollout of Enable Now which allows us to create training resources such as video simulations, PowerPoint documentation, and interactive practice modules. Most importantly, throughout this work experience I have been able to give back to my community, university, and students by volunteer work and participating in the recruitment fairs at UC Irvine.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships” - Michael Jordan
The Orange Fellowship embodies this quote to me. I love that since the beginning of the program my co-fellows and I have engaged and actively try to build our professional networks. Most importantly, we are always thinking of ways on how to give back to our communities. I believe there is nothing more powerful and invigorating than a group of people striving for the same goal, feeding each other's energy, and pushing one another to do better. To say that this group feels like a family would be an understatement.
Thanks to our fearless leaders Carey Ransom, Peggy Wolff and Minh Nguyen we have started the conversation around topics such as creating mentorship opportunities for underprivileged youth interested in careers within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field. Moreover, we have had the privilege to assist in learning events with industry leaders such as Lauren Kelly (Chief Marketing Officer – ThoughtExchange), Schlomi Nachman (Company Group Chairman, CSS – J&J), Fahmi Nahas (Global Head of Human Resources, CSS – J&J), Rob Feinstein (Author), and Julie Hill (Director – Anthem). All the time, energy, and resources invested by this group are incredible and the fact that I had the opportunity to join in is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
SHPE - UC IRVINE
At the time I made the decision to join this student association I was looking for a community that I could learn from, build connections with, and feel like I belong. Looking back, I am glad I made that choice as a fresh transfer student at UC Irvine. Since the first meeting, the diversity among the group made me feel welcomed. Throughout several meetings, they took me under their wing and showed me what UC Irvine had to offer. This enabled a brand-new perspective on what I could achieve after graduation. I truly believe that this community helped build my confidence and prepared me for life after college.
They embody their five pillars: academics, professional development, leadership development, chapter development, and community outreach. I especially appreciate community outreach. For example, we participated in the "Noche de Ciencas,” where we helped high school students and their families imagine a future in STEM. Lastly, I was able to embrace my leadership skills by participating in their annual professional panel. This allowed me to give current students insights to my personal journey, networking, and finding their confidence within the field.