Problem Solver | Turnaround Specialist | Strategic Leader
I am a certified gifted child in 3 states, was reading books at 18 months old and skipped two grades. I am a proud public school kid, having attended public school all of my life, and I am grateful for the motivated teachers and educators, especially my high school guidance counselor, Lee Campbell, who started my interest in community service and politics. I am still very close to many of my teachers today.
I graduated high school and went to college at 16 years old, and received a full academic Presidential Scholarship to Tennessee State University in Nashville. They did not have a double major program at the time, so I designed my major in the Interdisciplinary Studies program, graduating with degrees in Computer Science and Mass Communication with a minor in philosophy.
I graduated college at 20, and moved to Rochester, New York for an internship at Xerox, which led to a job offer at Eastman Kodak Company, where I stayed for 4 years, working in website design and development, branching into process improvement, and heading up the deployment of complex programs like SAP and Total Cost of Ownership.
I went back to school for my MBA at Vanderbilt University, where I received a full academic Dean's Scholarship and concentrated in Marketing and Operations with an emphasis on International Studies. I was one of 2 students selected for the International Business Certificate Program at WHU in Koblenz, Germany, and one of 4 students selected to intern for the summer at Sears.com, which was at the forefront of e-commerce retail at the time.
After graduation, I was offered a position with Expedia, Inc, which brought me to the greater Seattle area.
There, I received my certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Kaizen Master and discovered my love for tech operations.