This Lady Grew in the Slums, Now She’s One of the Directors of a Big Tech Company

Started from the bottom now we’re here.

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez grew up in a slum area in the Philippines. She revealed in this story via Microsoft that when she was a kid, life was really hard that they didn’t have a regular breakfast. It also didn’t help that there were seven siblings in the family. She only had a pair of socks that she washed once a week and her shoes had holes such that when it rained, she plugged them with wrappers.

Her break in life started when Catholic nuns invited her and her sisters to go to school. At present, Dr. Tuminez has two degrees from prestigious American universities – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

She is now the regional director for Corporate, External and Legal Affairs of Microsoft Southeast Asia. Her job mostly entails helping “governments understand trending issues that shape regulations and policies, including how to drive inclusive growth amid the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

She is also fluent in six languages.

To read more about her story, go here.

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