I’m including an abbreviated resume here to complement my academic vita, because prior to graduate academics, I worked for nearly half a decade in the high technology sector, primarily with two Internet start-ups (one founded by Cornell students, the other by Stanford students). The first, built around an online personal information-management tool for personal digital assistants (PDAs), was quickly acquired by Microsoft in 1999 and incorporated into MSN Calendar.

Rather than relocate to Redmond and work for Microsoft as either a technical writer or campus recruiter, I joined Homestead, whose mission was to bring web site building to the masses via an online, WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) software tool/Java applet. Though Homestead outlasted many of its competitors, including Geocities and Tripod, it was recently acquired by Intuit small business services.

While my work was administrative, I was largely responsible for hiring in fields as diverse as systems or network engineering, quality assurance, software development, usability and interface design, product management, finance, business development, customer service, marketing, and sales.

Jan 06 – Feb 07           Write With, Inc. / Prentice Hall

Freelance Copy Editor

  • Proofread and copyedited science and engineering textbooks for Prentice Hall through a third-party contractor

May 99 – May 02         Homestead Technologies (Menlo Park, CA)

Human Resources Manager

  • Hired as a recruiter and in 1999 grew the company from approximately 40 employees to over 100
  • Promoted in early 2000 to direct the Human Resources Team, managing two employees and reporting to the VP of Human Resources and Administration
  • Oversaw department functions including but not limited to recruitment (both college and industry), benefits administration, event planning, safety and ergonomics programs, community service, insurance and policy updates, government reporting, and budgeting
  • Handled non-immigrant visa and immigrant case work (H-1B, J-1, TN, green card, etc.) in conjunction with outside legal counsel
  • Coordinated the Homestretch Internship Program, a non-profit program dedicated to matching disadvantaged students of color in Silicon Valley with meaningful internship experience in the high technology field, aided by former East Palo Alto mayor Sharifa Wilson; also redesigned the program’s website (www.homestretchinterns.org)
  • Company was acquired by Intuit in early 2008

Sept 98 – Apr 99         Jump Networks, formerly MicroContent (Mountain View, CA)

Director of Recruiting

  • Grew this Cornell start-up from a handful of founders to almost 30 employees in NY and CA
  • Created, managed and reviewed recruiting budgets
  • Coordinated online recruiting, third party placement companies, research firms and headhunters
  • Handled new employee orientation and compensation packages, handbooks and corporate policies, preparation of legal and contractual documents, personnel files, reference checks, employment and payroll authorizations, and benefits administration
  • Company was acquired by Microsoft shortly after relocation to California in early 1999

Jun 98 – Aug 98          MicroContent Technologies/The Gateways Group (Ithaca, NY)

Director of Corporate Relations

  • Hired on full-time after graduation to serve as the Human Resources and recruitment officer for Gateways and its spin-off MicroContent
  • Successfully recruited top college students in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Handled benefits administration, employee relations, and labor law; created and tracked personnel documents such as job descriptions, offer letters, contracts and agreements
  • Wrote internal and external corporate documents, including content for the company’s website and material for potential investors

Oct 97 – May 98         The Gateways Group (Ithaca, NY)

Office Manager

  • Served as ad hoc client liaison and project manager for small, contract Web development firm
  • Provided a breadth of administrative support for both CEO and technical/design staff