SVO Women: Cat Uong, Sr. Public Policy & Workforce Development Manager - SJUSD

Cat Uong Strive San Jose

Name: Cat Uong

Company: The silicon valley organization

Title: Senior Manager of Public Policy & Workforce Development

How long have you been a part of The SVO?

Just under a year.

Why did you choose to work at The SVO? What about what you do keeps you here?

I love that The SVO brings local businesses and school districts together to make Silicon Valley a great place a live, learn, and thrive. Every day, I hear a new story about one of our student interns who identified a passion they will pursue in the future, with the help of our internship program.

What was your first job like?

In high school, I tutored young students (ages 4-8) and was paid $7.00/hour. Young students were a blast to work with, but they had infinite amounts of energy!

Describe your current job.

Every day is different for me here at The SVO. Currently, I am engaging internship program employers for their feedback on this summer and getting ready for the upcoming school year. Some days, I am meeting with corporate executives to understand what talent needs they have at their business. Other days, I am meeting with teachers and principals to offer student opportunities that would align well with businesses.

What has been a career high point for you thus far?

Launching Silicon Valley’s first cross-district, regional internship program for 200 students has been a clear highlight for my career so far.

What words of advice can you share for other professional women working in the Silicon Valley?

Don’t let work get in the way of life, and don’t let life get in the way of work. I often think about what kind of life I want to have, and work-life balance can be incredibly hard to find, especially here in Silicon Valley. I try to dedicate time to my hobbies, which helps me stay true to myself and see connections to my work I hadn’t seen before.

On August 26, 2017, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated across the nation. To celebrate, The SVO is highlighting some of the women who choose to make their mark in Silicon Valley business - SVO members & SVO staff - through the SVO Women series.

 

Every week, we will have new SVO Women profiles on members and staff. Follow along on social media: #SVOWomen

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