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Jenn Mendoza, Engineer Program Manager

I consider myself to be a part of Silicon Valley’s second generation. My father, an immigrant to the United States, worked for 25 hard years as a hard drive assembly technician for the top global digital content storage company. My aspirations to do more for my father, and my family, are very important to me. When entering the workforce, I developed near and long-term goals for my career and was highly motivated to complete them. I come from a background working in the non-profit education sector where I brought technology to communities, providing programming for more than 10,000 students annually. My skills, ranging from technical, soft and interpersonal have all contributed to my success in this field. I’ve been a program manager for both engineering and go-to market cloud collaboration systems for a major technology company, shipping products from testing phases to cloud deployment launches into the market.

I will confess that my career as a woman working in STEM has at one point nicked me emotionally, however, in the words of First Lady Michelle Obama, “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage.” This quote came to me at a pivotal point in my career. In this industry, almost everything is male-dominated, where much respect is earned with the power of your mind. I believe your most powerful tool is your mind and your intelligence. Exercise it, refine it and NEVER stop learning.
Aerotek contract employee Jenn Mendoza
Aerotek wants to congratulate Jenn Mendoza on her recognition as a Technology Rising Star at the Women of Color STEM Conference.

I believe your most powerful tool is your mind and your intelligence. Exercise it, refine it and NEVER stop learning.