Alternative Pathways to Careers in Tech

Alternative Pathways to Careers in Tech
Wed November 15th 2017, 5:00pm
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This workshop is part of a series of career development workshops hosted by Stanford Global Studies.

Students will meet with Stanford alumni who studied humanities and international studies and now work at technology companies. These three professionals will discuss how their academic backgrounds are relevant to their current work and provide tips on how to pursue a career in the field. 

Adriana Baird leads the international projects at wikiHow, the world’s most popular how-to website. wikiHow operates in 16 languages in addition to English, reaching over 100 million people world wide each month. Adriana graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in International Relations (’15) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (’16).  During her time at Stanford, Adriana focused on Latin American political history, transitional justice, and cultural differences in social entrepreneurship. 
Sanaa Yasmin Hafeez is a 2013 graduate of the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies where she studied political science and crisis management in Northeast Asia as a Stanford Japan Fund Fellow. She spent time working in the Americas Division of the Trade Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo as well as the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Business Development Institute in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sanaa authored an article entitled “The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Crises of 2004, 2010, and 2012” that appeared in the Asia-Pacific Review in 2015 and co-authored the paper “Identifying Predictable Patterns in Chinese Foreign Policy Behavior” which appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of The Stanford East Asia Journal. Since 2014, Sanaa has been working as an equity administrator in the legal department of multinational software company, Palantir Technologies Inc., based in Palo Alto, CA.
Sean Loosli graduated from the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies M.A. program in 2010. He currently works at NCR Corporation on a team that creates software for banks and credit unions. He also leads many innovation efforts across NCR, using Design Thinking (a la the d.School) to transform how products are made and create better offerings on behalf of NCR customers. This includes leading trainings, workshops, the Innovation Catalyst leadership program, patent initiatives, and special events. He also trains and coaches others in design thinking, customer research, facilitation, and lean experimentation. On the side, he started a (very small) real estate investment company and a (VERY small) scholarship foundation, manages residential real estate, and has taught yoga.