PhD in Management, Organizational Behaviour/Human Resources Management
I originally chose Laurier for my undergrad because I felt it had the best "fit" for me as a student. I felt at home here. I wanted to do a business undergrad and felt like the double degree joint program offered between the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University would be an interesting challenge. I ended up staying for grad school because I had gotten so involved in the OB/HRM (Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management) research program here during my undergrad that I really couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.
My research revolves around employee selection, particularly in relation to high-tech (and more broadly, STEM) and the reduction of systemic biases against women and minorities.
As much as I love OB/HRM, I've always really enjoyed programming and software development (hence my CS degree). I actually enjoyed it so much that I chose to avoid it as a career path because I knew that programming something I didn't really care about for 40 hours every week would suck the fun right out of it. But I was still surrounded by the startup culture at UW, and it really opened my eyes to not only the benefits of supporting tech startups as the drivers of innovation, but also the biases and discrimination that women (and other minority groups) can face in these fields.
I think I can make a meaningful impact on people's lives through my research and that really drives me forward with it.
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