Pamela Siebert

Pamela Siebert’s love of technology began in elementary school with a VTech learning toy. And when she sat down to read the manual for her family’s home computer “just for fun,” it was obvious that the St. Paul, Minn., native had a strong affinity that would continue throughout her life.

“I grew up with computers, and I feel at home with them,” she says. 

Siebert’s passion for technology led her to RIT in 1999 to major in Information Technology with concentrations in System Administration and Database Administration. She completed co-ops with a small consulting firm and with IBM in Rochester, Minn., and in 2003, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree, and accepted a job offer with IBM in Lenexa, Kan. Siebert has been with IBM ever since.

Siebert’s training has taught her how to approach and analyze problems. “I hope I can make an impact in the world using that knowledge,” she says.

One way Siebert has helped make an impact is through her travels to India through the Global Reach Out organization.

“India had a profound effect on me, so I created a blog to share my experiences.” To read about Siebert’s travels and other experiences, visit her website.  

Siebert serves as vice president of the Kansas Association of the Deaf, and gives presentations on her work experiences. In 2009, she spent one month as a tutor and mentor at the University of Washington’s Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” she says. “I’m grateful to IBM for allowing me to have that opportunity.”

The future looks bright for the young woman who found technology manuals interesting reading, and she has one word of advice for students and alumni alike. Not surprisingly, the word is “networking.”

“Networking is crucially important to building bridges and achieving your dreams,” she says. “So many doors to opportunities are out there; open them and enter!”

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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