About Me

My name is Clarice Chan. I’m a “program manager” but I’m really a creative strategist, maker, adventurer, thrill seeker, humanitarian, and storyteller. My mission is to make the world a better place through telling stories and building experiences.

People-Focused & Passion for Diversity

Although I was born in a small town in Wisconsin, I grew up in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It was Hong Kong where I developed a sense of global responsibility, building community, and scalable ambition. I attended an incredibly diverse international high school, where I got to grow alongside hundreds of students from all over the world. In hindsight, this experience was a primer for my heightened passion in strengthening diversity and inclusion, especially in today’s underrepresented tech industry.

Work Approach

Professionally, I don’t have a conventional background as a Program Manager. As an “engineer,” I didn’t study computer science. I started out in the creative arts studying Design and Film at UCLA. However, through an evolution of internships (Disney, Adobe, GOOD Magazine, NASA), I found myself shifting away from visual arts and gravitating more towards high tech. As I mention in my philosophy, I don’t focus so much on the medium, but rather the purpose and the problem. I’m passionate about social progress, and I believe that technology holds the greatest potential to be a change agent in our future, so I decided to become a social technologist.

Past, Present, Future

For the past 2 years, I was on a “traditional” product team at Microsoft, driving Cortana integration in Microsoft Edge. Today however, I’m spearheading a new initiative and driving social good for Windows. I believe that companies have a great responsibility to harness the power of technology to create progress and ensure a bright future. My goal is to leverage Microsoft’s platform and ecosystem to tackle high impact problems with engineering-led solutions. Ultimately, I believe that “social good” can, and should, be a part of the core business model. Harnessed strategically, social good can drive business value while delivering high quality emotionally-relevant user experiences.

Join me in engineering a brighter future.

You can learn more about me and my personal projects at ClariceChanDesign.com. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

Thanks again for checking out my blog, and have a wonderful day,
Clarice

 

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