Lisa De Leon

Lisa De Leon is a PhD candidate in Global Leadership and Change at Pepperdine University and will be completing her final defense in Summer 2022. Her dissertation research is entitled “An examination of capacity building for women farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa: Empowerment theory at the individual, organizational, and community levels.”

She has worked for over ten years in Silicon Valley in the areas of user experience writing and instructional design. She has written educational content for several tech companies, including 3 of the 5 Big Tech companies, as well as for an international university. Prior to her work in tech, she briefly taught elementary school and also taught short-term in Fiji and Uganda. Additionally, she fundraised to buy Chromebooks and iPads for a school of Syrian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

While working at one of the Big 5 tech companies, she was able to take virtual reality (VR) equipment to underserved students in San Jose, California to encourage the teacher to use VR as a teaching tool, and to motivate and excite students to become more engaged in learning.

For almost two years, she was a virtual intern at The Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Texas A&M. She is also the co-author of a forthcoming gendered-lens curriculum module from Texas A&M, “Women and Decision Making: The Cases of Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Disaster Response, and Economic Development.”

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