Class of 2015, Bay Area
Internship: Peet's Coffee & Tea and PG&E
Current Job: PG&E
Kateryn was 8 years old when she left Guatemala with her family. Her mom was determined to get her the
best education, so even though they lived near Daly City, they enrolled in George Washington High
School near the Presidio – an hour and 40 minutes away by bus. She had to wake up at 5 a.m., traveling
on two buses to get to school. The only good thing about the commute was that she had to change
buses downtown. There, she watched all the people dressed up and on their way to work and imagined
herself in their shoes. She desperately wanted a job like that one day.
She knew she wanted to go to college, but didn’t know how. During her junior year, Genesys Works
visited her class. She was terrified because she knew technology was a male-dominated field, but she
also knew it was time for her to take initiative. She was accepted, and spent the summer in training. She
learned how to give handshakes and interviews, speak in public, write resumes and use Microsoft Office.
Kateryn was placed at Salesforce on the desktop support team.
She wasn’t familiar with Salesforce, but it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with everything about
it — the people, the culture, and the office. She also made sacrifices; she had to give up soccer and
endure her friends’ scrutiny because of her professional dress during school.
“My parents are really proud,” Kateryn said. “I’m a first-generation college graduate. I’ve paved the way
for my siblings.” Salesforce asked her to return as an intern twice, first as a Planning and Communications Intern in the Customer Success Group the summer, and now as a more senior CSG Communications Intern focused on engaging employees on her team. Soon, she will be transitioning to Strategic
Partnerships with one of her former supervisors to further develop her marketing skills.