When Thien Vo enrolled at Georgia State University, she kept her head down and didn’t talk much. She’s graduating with not only a dual B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems and Managerial Sciences but also a more self-assured demeanor. Vo credits the WomenLead program with helping her find her voice and muster the nerve to strike up conversations with executives. “I thought it was the norm for women to be reserved,” Vo says. “But both genders aren’t receiving the best outcome when inequality occurs.”
Vo excelled in high school but focused solely on academics. At Georgia State, she participated in every extracurricular activity possible, sacrificing her social life as well as sleep. She served as president of the university’s chapter of Women in Technology, a statewide organization that empowers females to excel in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) fields. As part of that role, she grew more comfortable networking with employers.
When pharmaceutical behemoth Eli Lilly and Company visited campus, Vo’s interaction with recruiters crystallized into an internship she’ll start this summer. Vo will help one of the firm’s recently acquired companies transition into a new IT platform. “My experiences at Robinson helped me learn to stand out from the crowd,” Vo says. “I got my internship at Eli Lilly because I had the confidence to go to the information session and introduce myself.”