Debra Fifer

Associate Director Technology Development

AT&T

“I manage programs, which are a portfolio of software projects.”

MY WORK LIFE:

Associate Director Technology Development

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of ACCOMPLISHING GOALS and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and BUSINESS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

A great day for me is when a project faces a technical challenge and by bringing the right people together to work collaboratively and creatively, we solve the problem and keep moving forward. I love knowing that by being proactive and engaging a great team, we can solve problems quickly.

Most projects are set up for success by proactive planning, scheduling and follow up, but surprises always happen.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Not being intimidated by things you don't know. Educating yourself even when it means asking lots of questions. Being curious to continually learn. Project management involves a lot of communication and pro-active follow up. You have to be comfortable contacting people you don't know.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Associate Director Technology Development

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Computer Science
  • Graduate - Business Administration and Management, General

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Memorial High School - Houston, Tx
  • Undergraduate - The University of Texas at Austin, Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Graduate - University of California-Berkeley, Business Administration and Management, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

Explore opportunities inside and outside of school. Computer science classes, but also local STEM fairs and events. Programs outside of school such as Girls Who Code.

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