I’m a first-gen college grad, author, and career adviser who is on a mission to level the playing field for talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
I wrote my first resume when I was 14 years old for my working-class, single mother who lost her job. I went on to attend Harvard as a first-generation, low-income college student.
I am a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, a career adviser at Harvard, and a faculty member at UC Berkeley, where I teach a course based on my book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right. Previously, I worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a management consultant, Credit Suisse as an investment banker, and with Harvard Business School as a researcher for the Managing the Future of Work project.
When I am not at UC Berkeley teaching or on the road speaking, I live with my spouse and Dotty the dog in the Bay Area, where I can be found taking long hikes in nature and blasting country music and movie soundtracks.
I was born and raised in Toronto to a working-class single mother.
My second dream job (after I decided I no longer wanted to be a bus driver): magician.
I became the first in my family to attend college.
I graduated from Harvard, becoming the first in my family to graduate college.
I started my career off in investment banking and management consulting.
I returned to get my MBA at Harvard Business School.
After 5 years researching and writing, I released my first book, which debuted at #3 on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
I’ve become an author and speaker on talent development, diversity and inclusion, and the first-gen experience.
I joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where I currently teach the unspoken rules of career navigation.