Terysa Ridgeway is a Technical Program Manager at Google and holds Computer Science and Mathematics degrees from Southern University and A&M College and is nearing completion of Stanford University's LEAD Executive Education program. She has extensive experience in solving complex business and technical problems as both a Software Engineer and a Program Manager; leading a number of initiatives in the Healthcare, Aerospace, and Aeronautics industries.
Terysa is actively involved in educational programs, with a focus on STEM, that empowers youth in her local community. She takes great pride in giving back as a STEM advocate and mentor to afford youth from rural areas educational opportunities that would otherwise only be available to those in larger cities. She has received recognition professionally from Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator Clay Higgins, and Mayor President Joel Robideaux for her efforts to introduce STEM to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.
In addition to Terysa’s STEM contributions her humanitarian efforts can also be felt both locally and globally. She is the recipient of keys to three Louisiana cities: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Opelousas, Louisiana; Sunset, Louisiana. Her hometown, Sunset, also issued an official proclamation on March 24th to honor her accomplishments and civic contributions annually. Her spirit of helping others in need has also made a huge impact globally, as Terysa was officially appointed as one of the United States Goodwill Ambassadors – by President Yahya Jammeh, the President of the Republic of The Gambia, the 3rd poorest country in Africa.
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