What do you do?
I work in the application of neuroscience and machine learning to enhance knowledge management, learning and performance. I consult with corporations, schools and other organizations to design learning programs that are built the way the brain wants to learn.
Why did you choose this field?
I first became interested in helping people learn when I was a little girl struggling to learn how to read. While I didn’t discover it until much later, I was dyslexic and finding it hard to keep up with classmates. Eventually, I figured out how my mind worked and graduated high school as my class valedictorian and summa cum laude from my Bachelor and Master’s level programs.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I had always wanted to write a book and it seemed like such a daunting task. I wish younger me had known that if you write for just a few minutes each day you can reach your goal.
Why do you love working in STEM?
In my work, I partner with engineers and scientists to translate complex material into cohesive learning experiences for all levels of learners. I love to connect with them and I learn something from every project.
Best advice for next generation?
There are so many ways to pursue your career in STEM. Don't let anyone tell you "no." Keep at it and you will find the place you are meant to be.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein