Gloria Mendoza ’14 breaks career boundaries
Gloria Mendoza, who graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Music, is breaking the norms of what it means to be a successful employee. Born with autism, it was difficult for Mendoza to find a job despite having the technical skills necessary to be successful. That was until she found SAP, a German software maker, and one of the first large companies to actively hire people on the autism spectrum. The program has been largely a success and the program director, Jose Velasco, cites Mendoza as an example. Mendoza’s current role at SAP is within the Digital Business Services department, where she works directly with clients. Not only is she exceling in her career, Mendoza found a close group of friends among her coworkers- something she did not have throughout her childhood. With success stories such as her SAP plans to hire over 600 more employees on the spectrum- an immense contribution to breaking unfair stereotypes.
Read the full article from CBS Sunday Morning News about Mendoza and SAP’s Autism at Work Program.