Deirdre is currently a Senior Manager of Customer Success for Aha! product management software and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She started her career as a software developer, after graduating from Rutgers with a degree in Computer Science. She got hooked on programming when her high school math teacher introduced it to the class in a fun way. Deirdre transitioned to product management in 2007 and before joining Aha! in 2016, she also worked at Motorola and Bandwidth for many years.
Deirdre got involved with TechGirlz, when her eyes were opened at how much the female population had decreased in Computer Science programs. During the engineering college orientation for her own daughter at NC State, the school announced that only 12% of the graduating computer science class was female. Deirdre decided to help educate young girls about all of the career possibilities in technology, and how cool they are and hooked up with TechGirlz. When she moved to Raleigh in 2013, she decided to start a community in the Triangle and has been leading that mission ever since.