For our last alumni spotlight of the 2016 reunion year, we highlight Cal alumna and 10th Reunion Committee volunteer, Pamela O’Leary, BA ’06. A community leader and proponent of women’s empowerment, we had a chance to catch up with Pamela, who says graduating from Cal has been the greatest decision of her life.
What are you doing now?
I am a Human Resources Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Ericsson. I work to ensure we are recruiting diverse talent to the company. I also facilitate a Women in Management (WIM) group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In June 2016, I won my first campaign, and became the youngest person elected to San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee. I also serve as an appointed Commissioner for the City of San Mateo Planning Commission, where I help approve development projects in our city. I am pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development & Change at Fielding Graduate University.
What advice would you give to current Cal students?
In 2013, the first op-ed I ever wrote was to the young women of UC Berkeley (click here to read). Overall, here is my main advice to current Cal students, “You worked like crazy to get into Cal. Keep doing that, and try to take advantage of every opportunity you can while you’re here.”
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I love the view of campus from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Ansel Adams has a beautiful photo of this spot. For years when I lived on the East Coast, I had this on my wall.