Nicole Woon [1992 – ]
Nicole Woon was born in Santa Monica, CA. She attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, as a student in the interdisciplinary coordinated dual degree Jerome Fisher Management & Technology Program. She graduated in 2014 with an M.S.E. (mechanical engineering) and two B.S.E.s (bioengineering, management – entrepreneurship and innovation).
Her dad David and mom Alice encouraged her to embrace STEAM disciplines from an early edge, whether it was attending her engineer dad’s “Take Your Kid to Work Day” at The Aerospace Corporation in 3rd grade, visiting museums around the United States to learn about technology, or working on experiments for school science fairs. She gravitated towards engineering after participating in UCLA Engineering’s high school summer research program, getting paired with a professor and other researchers at the Center for Advanced Surgical & Interventional Technology (CASIT).
She enjoys photographing and writing about food (@passporteater), creating handmade greeting cards and doing other crafts, and traveling to new places domestically and internationally (43 states, 22 countries, and counting!).
Nicole started her career at Microsoft in 2015. She is currently a program manager for SharePoint working on authoring and site features, cross-product craft, and product and team culture initiatives. She previously interned at Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and S&P Capital IQ. She is thankful to have interviewed and received offers for two of those internships and her full-time position at Microsoft through SWE Annual Conference!
Nicole is an active SWE life member. Her SWE involvement began with the University of Pennsylvania collegiate section in 2010, where she held various leadership positions including section president. Since then, she’s held a variety of local, region, and society roles. At the society level, Nicole has served as the Collegiate Director on the SWE Board of Directors, a member of the SWE Magazine editorial board, SWE Future Leaders Coordinator, and a member of the Leadership Summit and Collegiate Engagement task forces. Locally, Nicole has held professional development related roles for SWE Boston and SWE Pacific Northwest. Nicole has also supported SWE conferences as a speaker and a member of the WE Local Conference Advisory Board.
Nicole’s passion for improving work culture inspired her involvement in initiatives that attract and retain talent, accelerate career growth, and build relationships. She fostered member engagement as the Membership Co-Chair for Women of WDG (Windows and Devices Group) and Connected Women’s Groups. Since 2016, she has mentored summer interns, supported university recruiting efforts, and driven early-in-career programs. She also enjoys contributing to OneDrive and SharePoint’s new employee onboarding committee, the Fix Hack Learn program, and “Share Your Fail” lightning talks.
Nicole endowed the Woon Family Scholarship through a multi-year pledge that wrapped up in 2020, her 10 year anniversary as a member and volunteer for SWE. Thank you to Microsoft’s giving program that made this possible. Nicole deeply appreciates the scholarships she earned in high school and college, and she is excited to support the next generation of engineers.
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