Delfina's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Menlo Park, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

DELFINA EBERLY

Director of Data Center Operations
Facebook

“When I get a little voice that says, ‘I’m not sure how to do that,’ that’s when I try to lean in the most. That’s when I’m going to learn the most; that’s when something is going to change.”

INTERESTS:

Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Education Hard Work Passion Fear Opportunity Planning Pressure Culture

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

change, community college, computer programing, computers, connection, dive in, Facebook, figure it out, first generation, hesitation, immigrant, leadership, Mexico, people, school, social, social media, something more, technology, training

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Came from a large Mexican family, is a first-generation American.
  • Grew up in a working-class neighborhood; her father was a farm laborer.
  • Said the whole time she was in school, she was “waiting for life to start; needed to check that box and move on.”
  • Randomly got a part-time job in the computer room of a local bank.
  • Realized that while most were shying away from new technology, she was really “leaning into it.”
  • Once she took a job, she put her all into it; did everything she could to learn about her job, stayed late, came in early.
  • Was consistently in leadership roles because she liked the human-to-human aspect of her jobs more than sitting behind a computer coding.
  • Encourages students interested in the tech industry to explore different roles; not everything is programming.

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