Amanda J. Zook is currently an MBA student at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. With a concentration in Technology Leadership and Organizational Behavior, she desires to use Information Technology to drive efficiency and strategic decisions within business, specifically Fortune 100 companies.
Her previous occupations have been in various IT functions within many different industries. She love the problem solving, creativity, and quick changing nature of IT. Amanda has great analytical capabilities and communication skills, and she enjoys learning and working on new projects. Her interests are in “big data” and the use of this data for business analytics.
Amanda received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Biola University in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. While at Biola University, she was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Business Student Award by the Crowell School of Business, and was given memebership to Epsilon Kappa Epsilon, Biola University’s Honors society.
She is a follower of Christ, and has been involved for as an audio engineer and a stage manager at church. She also is a strong supporter of increasing the number of young women in the technology field, and has participated in Technovation Challenge, which teaches technology and entrepreneurship skills to high school girls.
She eats gluten-free, loves to cook, enjoys hiking, playing piano and writing songs, reading, and remodeling houses. She loves taking things apart, fixing them, and creating new projects, whether that be refinishing a dresser, or writing a song. She’s an adventure-lover, enjoys pondering life, and is always learning.
My colleagues would describe me as…
Having worked within the IT department at Biola University for over 4 years, I have become known as a “go-getter”: someone who is self-motivated, hardworking, and determined. My colleagues would say that I am responsible, I have wisdom beyond my years, and I act in a professional manner. They would also state that I am detail-oriented and organized, and that I follow my projects to successful completion. Along with asserting that I learn quickly and take pride in my work, those I work with would say I am friendly, approachable, and a person with whom it is easy to communicate.
An interesting fact about me is…
I enjoy purchasing products that require assembly because I like reading manuals. I would rather read the instructions than have someone tell me how to do it. Because I was homeschooled, I enjoy learning and teaching myself new skills. Due to limited opportunities for formal training within the technology industry, self-study and self-motivation are indispensable character traits for me. The enjoyment I receive from reading manuals, following instructions, and learning on my own is something that makes me unique.
The business or organizational leader I most admire is… because…
Sheryl Sandberg, one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business”, is an admirable leader. As Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, her successful strategic decisions have impacted millions of users.
I admire her courage, as very few women are in executive positions within the technology industry. Her dedication to increase the number of women in technological roles, expressed most recently through her emboldening address at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computer, is commendable.
I hope one day to attain a similar position to that held by Sheryl Sandberg, and to inspire young women to participate in high-tech careers.
Things I’m passionate about:
Celiac Disease Foundation