Theresa works on new Payments technology platforms to accelerate belonging at Airbnb. Her other roles include angel investor, Sequoia Scout, where she has invested in over 10 early-stage startups. Theresa earned a BS, MS and PhD in engineering from Stanford University. During her PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, she focused on satellite and space plasma computational physics.
Theresa joined Airbnb as a Machine Learning/AI Data Scientist focused on supply growth and quality. Her biggest bet was working on a pricing system for listing photography that increased global host access to high quality photos, regardless of market. Now as a Product Manager in Airbnb Payments, Theresa's team builds platform tools to allow any business to seamlessly integrate with Airbnb Payments - from photographers in Chicago to housekeepers in China.
In her almost 4 years at Airbnb, Theresa has co-founded StandardDev, a multicultural group supporting underrepresented minorities in technical roles and become a “super mentor” to other women in the company looking to own their own career and brand.
Theresa's talk is part of the Winter quarter E311A seminar series, “Letters to a Young Engineer," a long-standing seminar series designed by and for students. The speakers come from a variety of professional domains and have made diverse life and career choices. E311A aims to be a comfortable environment where students are encouraged to think hard and ask lots of questions. Guests are welcome, with the understanding that this is not a career event, but rather about career—and life—exploration.
Cookies and tea will be served at 4:20pm.
- Personal Development
- Valuing diverse experiences & perspectives
- Solving problems & thinking creatively
- Career Development