Erin's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

ERIN TEAGUE

Project Manager
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“We all have the ability to impact lives and should be thinking broadly about what is our legacy at the end of it all.”

INTERESTS:

Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Experience Opportunity Self-Reflection Support & Encouragement Transitions Education Hard Work Doubt Fear

TAGS:

academics, asking questions, auto industry, change, childhood, curiosity, Detroit, diversity, drive, emotion, engineering, exposure, helping others, impact, mentor, motivation, problem solving, shy, student, volunteering

BIOGRAPHY:

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Erin Teague had friends from all walks of life. When she and her schoolmates were 7 or 8 years old, it didn’t matter whether you were wealthy or had fewer means; but when they all got older, Erin saw the effect that one’s circumstances could have on life’s trajectory. Erin was smart and naturally curious—“that kid that asks a thousand questions,” she says—and the thing to do if you were smart in manufacturing-oriented Detroit was become an engineer. But she also saw the valedictorian of her school—one of her good friends—choose not to go to college because she needed to stay home and support her mother. This kind of story, seen again and again, inspired Erin to be a mentor to high-performing kids in underserved areas—the kids who are maxing out the potential of their environment but don’t have the opportunities that they would normally have. Even through getting her engineering degree and a business degree from Harvard, she kept her long-term goal in mind: to have a deep impact in the social sector and to serve underprivileged communities. She spends most of her free time volunteering for non-profits and mentoring, but she continues to be motivated by how much more she could do, and how much better she could be. Anyone can have an impact, she says, “I don’t think you should ever underestimate the value of your own experiences.”

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