IST Identity Talks: Paving the Way for Change

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Lauren Boland ’03 as she shares her diverse experiences and perspectives as a lesbian and transgender woman in tech. Learn from the challenges and opportunities she faced while navigating the college experience and working to advance her career and grow her professional network.

The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Jocelyn Bennett Garraway, assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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About the Speaker

Lauren Boland '03 is a seasoned software engineer in the financial services space who also spent a good part of her career doing systems engineering work for government contractors. She and her wife have been married for 15 years, have two children, and reside in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. She has a passion for all things personal finance, financial independence and retiring early (FIRE), and of course, writing code. Lauren was a member of the College of IST’s first graduating class and holds a master of sciences degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

About the Series

The IST Identity Talks series aims to inspire an open dialogue for students and alumni, and provide unique viewpoints to help all attendees be better prepared to thrive in diverse professional and personal communities. To date, more than 40 IST alumni have shared their stories and unique vantage points as panelists in the talk series. Members of the IST and Penn State community are invited and encouraged find details of upcoming talks, and view recordings of past panels, at the Identity Talks website.